Glasgow Rangers youngster Josh McPake could be Harrogate Town's new Jack Diamond

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver believes that new recruit Josh McPake could fill the void left by Sunderland loan star Jack Diamond.

Saturday, 9th January 2021, 11:04 am
Updated Saturday, 9th January 2021, 11:10 am
Josh McPake has joined Harrogate Town on loan until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 19-year-old Scotland youth international made the temporary switch from Glasgow Rangers this week and could make his debut against Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon.

Known for his pace, quick feet and direct running style, McPake will add an extra dimension to the Harrogate attack and the club's supporters will be hoping that he can have the same impact as Black Cats winger Diamond did last term.

Despite an extremely inconsistent start to life at Wetherby Road, the Sunderland prospect developed into a key member of the Town side who finished 2019/20 second in the National League and went on to secure promotion to League Two via the play-offs.

Jack Diamond celebrates after scoring for Harrogate Town in the club's 2019/20 National League play-off final triumph over Notts County at Wembley. Picture: Getty Images

The 20-year-old was utilised predominantly as a left-winger and terrified opposition defences with his willingness to take players on, but Weaver was unable to broker a deal to bring him back to North Yorkshire and Diamond's attributes have undoubtedly been missed this season.

The Harrogate chief has brought in Tom Walker and Calvin Miller in an attempt to replace the Sunderland youngster, though neither player has managed to nail down a regular starting spot in the starting XI thus far.

And, while McPake can operate in a number of different positions across the forward line, Weaver says that the Gers attacker reminds him of Diamond.

"Josh is quick, strong, tricky and he is prepared to run with the ball," the Town boss told the Harrogate Advertiser.

"He is exciting when he gets on it. He's a bit like Jack Diamond in the way that he will drive at defenders.

"He can go either way because he's good with both feet. He's one the fans will enjoy watching, I'm sure."