Town boosted by addition of King

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver
Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver
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Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver has bolstered his injury-ravaged squad with the loan signing of defender James King.

The 20-year-old centre-half joins the club from League One outfit Bradford City and will go straight into the matchday 16 for Saturday’s trip to Kidderminster Harriers.

“James comes highly-recommended by Greg Abbott, Bradford’s head of recruitment, and he certainly looks the part,” Weaver said.

“He has played for City’s first team but this a good chance for the lad to get some more experience.

“He’s primarily a central defender but can also play in midfield and that versatility is useful.”

King could be joined in the squad for the visit to Aggborough by former Huddersfield Town youngster Adam Porritt.

The right-back, who spent time on loan at Lincoln City last season, has been training with Harrogate for the last month and is in contention for a place on the substitutes’ bench tomorrow.

Under-21s players Toby Lees and Lewis Riley, both of whom have spent much of 2016/17 on loan at Harrogate Railway, could also be involved in the coming weeks as Weaver looks to fill the gaps in his squad following injuries to first team regulars Lloyd Kerry, Louie Swain, Luke Shiels and Andi Thanoj.

A deal to bring former Town teenager Rob Worrall back to the CNG Stadium on loan from Nottingham Forest has however fallen through.

“Everything was done at our end with hours to spare, but the paperwork to get Rob back on loan hasn’t been completed in time,” Weaver added.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s the player who really suffers because he’ll miss out on the chance to play some first team football.”