NCEL: Knaresborough Town interested in signing former Harrogate Railway midfielder

Fatlum Ibrahimi came through the junior set-up at Harrogate Railway
Fatlum Ibrahimi came through the junior set-up at Harrogate Railway

Knaresborough Town have approached midfielder Fatlum Ibrahimi following his exit from neighbours Harrogate Railway.

Ibrahimi came through the junior set up at Railway but left last week after becoming unhappy with a lack of first team opportunities under new boss Lee Ashforth.

The young midfielder missed a large chunk of pre-season to spend time with family in Kosovo and struggled to recreate the form which had seen him become a shining light at Station View over the last two years.

Knaresborough boss Paul Stansfield revealed the club had contacted the midfielder over a possible move.

Ibrahimi would be a natural fit in the 'Boro midfield having played with several members of the squad at Claro Sunday League outfit Sherwood.

He would join defender Mike Morris in swapping Station View for Manse Lane this year.

On Knaresborogh’s approach, Stansfield said: “He didn't turn it down entirely but he has been away in Kosovo and we will see what happens when he gets back.

“He is a super lad and a super player. He would fit exactly with our remit of getting good young local lads in.

“But he has fallen out of love with the game a little bit, so it’s up to him.

“If he doesn't want to come, that’s fine. If he does, we would love to have him.”

Ibrahimi posted a statement on Twitter following his exit from Harrogate Railway.

He said: “It was always going to be sad to leave my home town club that I've grown up playing for.

“I'm gutted things just haven’t worked out this season for me on the pitch. I have to move on.

“I have had two great seasons before this one in the first team and will always be grateful to the club for giving me the platform to play at this level and higher.”