Bradford City are unlikely to sign Harrogate Town goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray this month after agreeing a loan move for Sheffield Wednesday stopper Arron Jameson.
MacGillivray spent Monday on trial at the Bantams after City boss Phil Parkinson had enquired about his availability.
Town were still awaiting feedback on that trial when City signed Jameson on Friday.
City have been in need for a reserve ‘keeper as back-up to number one Jon McLaughlin, who also signed from Harrogate Town in 2008.
But, after City left-back James Meredith sustained a long-term injury last week, the Harrogate Advertiser understands the League One side were keen to reinforce their backline rather than splash out on a second goalkeeper.
With Town understood to be wanting a fee of around £60,000 for MacGillivray, Parkinson settled instead on a one-month loan deal for the Wednesday ‘keeper.
MacGillivray has been one of Town’s top performers so far this season and again looked assured when the Sulphurites hammered a strong Leeds United XI 3-1 on Wednesday.
Town general manager Garry Plant told the Harrogate Advertiser’s Press Box TV he believes the 20-year-old has the potential to be better than England number one Joe Hart.
“As a young goalkeeper, Craig has potential 20 years in front of him. He has a long future.
“If he stays healthy, he has a very bright future ahead of him.
“I think, currently, he is edging Joe Hart.
“As the gaffer (Simon Weaver) says, he is as good as he’s seen and he’s played professional football.
“He has what it takes.”