Blue Square Bet
Published 29th July 2012
Boss Darren Edmondson is confident his number one summer target will return to Borough Park after failing to land a deal with League One neighbours Carlisle United.
Contracts have also been offered to triallists Niall Cowperthwaite and Chris Wraighte, who have starred during pre-season.
Edmondson needs to swell his ranks following the devastating news Lee Andrews will miss at least three months of the season with acute tendonitis.
The defender needs an operation to correct the problem, which hampered his form last year, and cannot be involved in any form of contact training until October.
Andrews was first diagnosed with a hernia, but experts have now ruled the injury to be worse than expected.
“Negotiations are underway with Aaran. He was one of our stand-out performers last year, and had to try his luck in the professional game,” said Edmondson.
“Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for him this time, but he is a great goalkeeper, and I hope he’ll rejoin us. Niall and Chris have come in and proven themselves. Both have an incredible attitude. They want to work, they listen and they’re learning all the time.
“We need players who can play in a variety of roles, and these two offer us something different.
“As good as it is to find players that fit in with what we want to do this season, it’s extremely disappointing to lose Lee for so long.
“He’s been a mainstay in this team for a couple of years now, and his absence will be felt. Lee has suffered for a while now, and this injury needs to be dealt with. There’s no contact for at least three months, and then he will have to build himself back up to play.
“It’s a long process, but I believe Lee will come through it and get back to his best.”