Triallist Sam Jones is edging closer to a Harrogate Town deal, according to boss Simon Weaver.
The former Doncaster Rovers trainee, 18, has produced imposing displays since arriving at the CNG Stadium on trial.
And after another strong performance in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Carling Cup runners up Bradford City, Weaver is keen to keep the midfielder’s services.
“His physical attributes give us a good dimension,” the gaffer said.
“Michael Woods is suspended for the first three games of the season so we need options.
“He is nearing a deal with us. He’s been doing everything that’s been asked of him.
“He’ll play again next week and after that we will sit down and talk.”
Weaver is pushing his squad hard in training in preparation for the season start but admits he is still searching for a pacy winger to carve opponents apart.
He said: “We are looking for someone who can play on both the right and left wings and behind the striker, someone who is versatile and quick.
“If someone crops up and we think, yes, there’s something left in the budget to get them.”
Having already beaten a Blackburn Rovers development side already this pre-season, Town rattled City 2-1 thanks to strikes from Adam Nowakowski and hotshot Ashley Worsfold.
City’s side contained seven of the stars that earned play-off promotion to League One at Wembley in May.
But that didn’t faze Town and boss Simon Weaver said his players were fired up prior to the contest.
“It was a really good pre-season friendly,” said Weaver.
“The performance shows us the way forward and how to set our stall out in games.
“We were powerful, we were intense. We closed them down quickly and that’s the game plan I want.”
Adam Nowakowski showed Town’s intent, opening the scoring after five minutes following strong work from targetman Chris Hall.
The League One club hit back through Nathan Curtis 10 minutes before the break.
But shortly after, Ashley Worsfold regained the lead for Town as Hall picked up a second assist.
Worsfold’s goal became his fourth in four matches in a Town shirt and Weaver highlighted his potency.
“He’s been outstanding rolling in from the right,” Weaver said.
“Our tactics give him the opportunity to create his own space which he can attack.”
The Town squad flew to Northern Ireland for a team building weekend on Saturday and the boss hailed its success at integrating new recruits.
Despite losing 2-0 against Portadown on Saturday, the boss took the positives from the trip.
He said: “We learned a few things.
“We can’t get too pretty too soon in the game.
“It gave them time spent together apart from just rushing into matchdays.
“You don’t get that opportunity normally in a part time environment.
“Hopefully it works again.”
Weaver’s men were away at Ossett Albion last night, but host squads from Premier League giants Hull City on Saturday and Sunderland on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm).
“Hull will be a physical test. They will keep us running around,” added Weaver.
“Sunderland are also a very strong team. Their development set-up is known to be good.”