As the search continues for Aldershot Town's illusive striker to be, assistant boss Stuart Cash has thrown more light on the subject with the news that the club are now looking into the option of bringing a Football League player to the Rec, writes ALEX NAREY.
Terry Brown has been actively seeking a new front man for some weeks now and whilst non-league names such as Gravesend's Che Stadhart and Basingstoke Town's Craig McAllister have all come and gone, the club are still waiting to confirm the latest name to their army of demanding fans.
Cash, speaking after a weekend where his players were able to rest their legs with a rare weekend off, was hopeful that a deal to bring the mystery man to the Rec could be tied up before the end of the week.
"Myself and the manager went to see the Woking versus Doncaster game on Saturday after we trained in the morning," said Cash. "We are still in the hunt for a striker but I can tell you he has nothing to do with Woking or Doncaster.
"We are now looking at a league player and we are hopeful that a deal can be tied up with the man we're after some time this week."
However, the assistant boss was keeping quiet over who that man might be, saying: "I don't want to reveal anything that may scupper or upset the possible deal going through."
Meanwhile, Canvey Islands' slip on Saturday at home to Bedford Town would have done Brown's side the world of good in their bid for championship honours this season.
The Essex chasers suffered their second stalemate in a week to allow the Shots to keep clear daylight between themselves and their biggest rivals, with Cash being just as surprised as anyone with the final score.
"We heard the result on our way back from the Woking game and of course it is great news for the club," added Cash. "That was certainly one that I expected Canvey to win. We are six points clear of them and a possible nine if we can win our game in hand but there is still a long way to go in this season and all we will be thinking about is our next game."
With another crucial away trip for the Shots this coming Saturday at Brown's former club Hayes, a tough warm-up session will be in order when the side travel to Andover for their Hampshire Senior Cup semi-final second leg. The Shots of course already holding a 2-0 advantage from the first encounter two weeks ago.
The match, although not being foremost on the club's agenda, will certainly allow Brown the opportunity to give his players a workout in preparation for the Hayes encounter.
Cash said: "We are looking to give the first team a workout and Mark Hammond and Steve Perkins will possibly play. It's not a massive game for us but we still feel that we should go there and win. Obviously Saturday is more important but the fans had a great time at St Marys' Stadium last season and we would want to take them back there again."
Cash also admitted that the squad is in a healthy state for the build-up to a heavily congested run-in, declaring a clean bill of health as they continue to press home with their advantage.
Brown's number two also added that the arrivals of Jamie Taylor and John Nutter — back from their loan deals at Horsham and Grays Athletic respectively — are a welcome return for the club.
And whilst the Rec faithful are always happy to welcome old favourites back to their stomping ground, it is the possible arrival of the new man from the Football League that is causing most of the chat on the terraces.
l Meanwhile, the club's aims and aspirations were done no harm on Saturday when they featured on BBC's Football Focus along with Unibond League leaders Accrington Stanley.
At least now we know what Terry is saying behind those closed doors at half-time. Although there may be a slight suspicion that he was deliberatley keeping his cool for the cameras.
Lets just hope his players will be doing the same tonight at Portway Stadium, kick-off is 7.45pm.