COLWYN BAY have signed Northern Ireland international forward Johnny Gorman on loan from Telford as their three-match unbeaten run faces a stern test away to play-off chasing Stourbridge on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Gorman, who can play out wide or through the middle, was with Manchester City and United as a boy before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers, making his senior debut for them against Norwich City in 2011, and has had spells with Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United and Leyton Orient as well as Barrow and Southport.
He has represented Northern Ireland at every age level and has won nine caps for the senior side.
Seagulls boss Kevin Lynch is hoping the paperwork can be completed for him to be involved at Stourbridge.
The West Midland side, who will be just two steps away from Wembley in the FA Trophy if they beat Evostik rivals Nantwich Town in their delayed third round tie next Tuesday, are currently just one point off the play-off places in the Evostik Premier and in Karl Hawley and Justin Richards have two of the division’s top 12 marksmen this season with 30 goals between them.
Gorman comes in as the club have now released Shaun Tuck due to his work and family commitments and Joe Williams has reached the end of his month’s loan from Wrexham.
Defenders Glenn Matthews and Mike Lea have also left the club to join Scarborough Athletic and Warrington Town respectively.
The manager said: “Mike has been a great servant to the club, but he and Glenn wanted regular first team football which I can’t offer them at the moment. However, the door is always open for them to come back if it doesn’t work out for them.
“I would also like to thank Joe and Wrexham for the time he’s had with us.
“Shaun hasn’t been able to give the commitment we require so we have decided to go our separate ways.”
Kevin added he was very disappointed not to have taken all three points in the 2-2 draw at Marine on Tuesday with the chances the side had to seal a win, but added: “It was another game unbeaten and I believe we are getting a side now that can not only get us out of the position we are in, but is capable of competing with most teams in this league – and hopefully we can show that at Stourbridge.
The Seagulls will be without Everton loanee James Graham who suffered a slight hamstring strain in the midweek game, but otherwise they have an injury-free squad available.
It will be a special day for Stourbridge’s veteran defender Leon Broadhurst who is set to make his 600th appearance for the club, with a presentation to him planned in the clubhouse after the game.
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FOR those fans not travelling to Stourbridge, the Reserves play Llangefni Town at Llandudno’s Maesdu Park on Saturday with a 5.30pm kick off, hoping to bounce back from last week’s defeat to top of the table rivals Trearddur Bay.