Harrogate Town: Andy Gascoigne poised for Evo-Stik Northern League loan deal

Andy Gascoigne
Andy Gascoigne

Harrogate Town are looking at sending star midfielder Andy Gascoigne out on loan to gain match fitness.

Gascoigne remains off the pace following year-long absence with a broken leg and could be sent to an Evo-Stik Northern League team.

Simon Weaver, left.

Simon Weaver, left.

He broke his leg in two places in a nasty challenge by Andy Teague against Chorley in February. He had previously scored five goals in six games for Town to help them climb away from relegation trouble.

The midfielder made a scoring return for Town in the West Riding County Cup last month but Weaver revealed the former Goole AFC man is not ready for league action.

Weaver said: “We are working out how we work it.

“In an ideal work he would play 20 minutes here or there off the bench for us. But it's not always an ideal situation because there’s so much at stake.

“He knows he has a little bit to go in fitness and he can only get that through match action.

“He was brilliant against Barnoldswick but it’s a quicker level at National North level so he might need to go out on loan for a month - only because I want him back in my team as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Weaver has put in a seven-day notice to try and tempt a central midfielder from an Evo-Stik Northern League club.

Town are in need of a replacement following the release of Cecil Nyoni last week.

Weaver was coy over the identity of the player to stop a rival approach but hoped he would be signed before facing Stalybridge Celtic later this month.

He said: “He’s in his mid-20s, with decent experience but he is a real athlete, which we need to replace after losing Cecil’s athleticism.”