Harrogate Town pair attracting interest from elsewhere

A couple of players who look to have no future at Harrogate Town are said to be attracting interest from elsewhere.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 7:58 am
Connor Kirby in action for Harrogate Town against Oldham Athletic. Pictures: Matt Kirkham
Connor Kirby in action for Harrogate Town against Oldham Athletic. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Centre-half Kevin Lokko midfielder Connor Kirby and left-wingers Tom Walker and Joe Leesley all have a year left on their contracts at Wetherby Road, but manager Simon Weaver has said that he will not stand in the way of any of the quartet if a club comes in for them.

And the Sulphurites boss confirmed this week that they are currently negotiating with a team who like the look of 22-year-old ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Kirby.

“There has been an approach for Connor and we are speaking to the interested party at the moment,” Weaver said.

Kevin Lokko celebrates a late winner against Cambridge United.

Kirby spent the back end of 2020/21 on loan with National League Altrincham, who could be one potential suitor.

Meanwhile, it is understood that there are also a number of clubs considering a move for 25-year-old defender Lokko.

"Kev's agent has informed us that there a few teams who want him, though we are still waiting on a formal approach from anyone," Weaver revealed.

Speaking back in May, Weaver explained that Lokko had recently relocated to Cambridge and said that he expected the player to link up with a side in the south of England, adding "he has no shortage of admirers in the National League, we know that for a fact."

Although Lokko, Kirby, Walker and Leesley remain under contract, Weaver won't necessarily be looking to cash in on them.

"It would obviously depend on the circumstances but I wouldn't necessarily be looking for transfer fees," he told the Harrogate Advertiser last month.

"I wouldn't want to block anyone's path to regular football. If there are lads who I'm not intending to pick to play here then I won't put obstacles in their way."