Weaver quashes Craig MacGillivray exit talk

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Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has dismissed rumours the club have spoken with Bradford City over the departure of goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.

MacGillivray has been one of Town’s top performers this season and won the club’s player of the month trophy for November, announced on New Year’s Day.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that the Bantams were leading the chase for the 20-year-old stopper and understood the two clubs had held preliminary talks.

City boss Phil Parkinson is keen on signing a goalkeeper with reserve stopper Connor Ripley set to return to parent club Middlesbrough.

But Town chief Weaver denied the speculation linking MacGillivray with a move to Valley Parade.

He told the Harrogate Advertiser on Wednesday that Town have “had no approach from any club about Craig.”

And the club also tweeted: “Just to squash rumours, no approach made by any club for Craig MacGillivray. Craig remains a Harrogate Town AFC player.”

Last month Weaver said Town would allow MacGillivray to leave Town if a deal would benefit both the player and club.

The goalkeeper signed a two-year contract towards the end of last season, and any move would command a fee.

“It’s up to other clubs to put in the work and see his talent,” said Weaver.

“We have been fair and honest with him and not denied that he has the talent to play at a higher level.

“But if clubs want to sign him, they will need to approach us and the deal would have to be right.”

Meanwhile, Town’s New Year’s Day match at rivals AFC Guiseley was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Town will next be in action at home to AFC Telford on Saturday.