EXPERIENCED defender Karl Ready could have played his last game for Aldershot Town at Ford on Saturday after a host of Football League clubs tabled offers which could be too good to refuse.
The former Queens Park Rangers man and full Welsh international, has been in magnificent form for the Shots since moving back down south after an unhappy spell at SPL Leaguers Motherwell last season.
But the deal was only on a game-to-game basis with Ready, at the age of 30, still hopeful of kickstarting a career in the professional game and adding to his 225 appearances for Rangers.
Ready's career began a downward spiral when completing a £500,000 move to Motherwell last year, but after making just 37 appearances for the ‘Well', homsick Ready got caught up in a financial dispute and had his contract terminated.
Shots boss Terry Brown made one of the coups of the season so far by landing the highly-sought after pro, but was well aware of Ready's situation when securing his services.
These enquiries from a Nationwide League division one side and a division two side, have come as no surprise, especially as Ready has received rave reviews since making his debut against Enfield two weeks ago.
The boss said: "Karl has been doing us a favour and has been doing himself one also. We knew the situation with Karl wanting to go back into the professional game and he is currently talking to a couple of clubs.
"I'm still hoping to have him available for the Canvey Island game but it depends on how these talks go.
"Having said that, it's not an easy time for quality professionals to get back in the game because these sides are toning down their squads rather than adding to them."
Brown also added that if Ready should move on to pastures new, he already has a replacement right-sided centre back lined-up.
Forest Green's John Richardson, who skippered Exeter City in the infamous FA Cup match at St James' Park three seasons ago, is one target, along with another couple of unnamed players currently at rival clubs.
Brown added: "We've got a very strong squad at the moment and I should be trying to trim it rather than add to it. However, we are playing with three centre halves at the moment and I've only got three so yes, I'll be looking to fill that position, especially if these injuries continue."