NON-LEAGUE striker Scott Fenwick looks set to be handed a professional deal at goal-shy Hartlepool United.
The highly-rated 24-year-old has been training with the Sky Bet League Two club all week and scored twice for Pools’ reserves against Gateshead on Wednesday.
Paul Murray is looking to strengthen his Pools squad and Fenwick looks to have done enough to earn himself a deal.
The Pools boss spoke highly of the Dunston UTS striker at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup first round match at home to East Thurrock.
Murray said the club would be “stupid” not to consider offering him a deal.
He told SportMail: “Scott has a good pedigree and has been at three academies as a younger player.
“Willie knows him from his time at Newcastle and we knew his situation at Dunston.
“We have kept an eye on him and we decided to give him a game for the reserves and he scored two and did well.
“We would be stupid not to even contemplate a deal, whether it can be done, I don’t know.
“Whether it is right for all parties we will have to wait and see but he has some pedigree behind him and is at a good age.
“I am always conscious of the age we have here because we have a lot of young lads and Scott is also a striker – we only have one of our own on the books.”
Fenwick, who played for Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough’s academies as a youngster, has been on the radar of a number of league clubs after impressing in non-league circles at Durham City and Dunston.
Pools currently have three trialists in training, Fenwick, goalkeeper Jonathan Maxted and Northern Ireland youth international Darren McKnight from Barnsley.
Murray was remaining tight-lipped about the trio but Fenwick is in pole position to secure a permanent deal with Pools desperately short of firepower.
He would be unable to play in the FA Cup match tomorrow though, having played for Dunston in an earlier round of the competition.
Murray, who only has on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke and Marlon Harewood to call on up front, was keeping tight-lipped about who would be coming in at his pre-match press-conference.
Last week he signed midfielders Sidney Schmeltz and Nicky Featherstone – his first as Pools boss – and he has made no secret of his desire to add more.
He added: “I’ve got irons in the fire and hopefully get things done for the weekend – hopefully one, maybe two or three if we can get them over the line. There are things going on in the background and fingers crossed it happens.
“I’ve got to reshape the squad quickly. I’ve brought Sidney and Nicky in and they are good ages, hungry to do well and want to do well for me and the club.
“There’s no point in getting loans in, someone we have not tested who maybe doesn’t want to come.
“We are after reliability really.”