Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wright in transfer scramble

Source: Manchester Evening News

Stuart Brennan
February 19, 2009

FC UNITED ace Jerome Wright is at the centre of a transfer scramble, with two League clubs believed to be in the chase.

The winger, voted the supporters’ player of the year last season, played and scored on trial for Conference side York’s reserves in a clash with Grimsby this week.

York are believed to be readying a bid for Wright – one of six FC players contracted to the club – but they face competition.

FC boss Karl Marginson is expecting three offers for Wright, and says: “It’s not a great surprise. The first time I saw him play, against us for Maine Road, I thought he had everything – pace, the ability to get past people, decent delivery, aggression and work rate.

“If he leaves, we will hopefully get back some of the outlay on his wages for the last two years, and it gives some of our other players a chance – Danny Williams is champing at the bit.”

The Rebels are still awaiting news of top scorer Kyle Wilson’s knee injury as they travel north to Kendal, one of a host of sides tucked in behind them with games in hand in the UniBond League premier division promotion race.

Another striker, Tommy Turner, has returned to Bacup Borough. After scoring four goals in six games, Turner wanted assurances that he would play every week, something Marginson was unable to give.

“We have cover up front, with Carl Lomax having an encouraging debut and scoring last week. So we might have a different combination up front, with Danny Williams, Tris Whitman and Carlos Roca all in the reckoning.”

The difficult trip to Kendal got harder with news that left back Simon garner has a knee problem which stopped him training earlier this week – he faces a late fitness test.

But FC have taken New Zealand under-20 skipper Jack Pelter – a centre back who was on Sunderland’s books last season – on trial.