City boss expresses Connerton interest

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TONY Hesketh has spoken to former Lancaster City star Jordan Connerton about a possible return to the club.

The striker left Giant Axe for Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2010 in a deal believed to be worth more than £30,000 after his 35-goal season fired the Dolly Blues to that year’s Evo-Stik First Division North play-off final.

However the Lancaster-born forward, whose last game for the club was City’s dramatic 1-0 loss in that final to Colwyn Bay, has struggled with injuries in his two years at The Alexandra Stadium, being loaned out to the likes of Kendal, Nantwich and Workington before announcing he was leaving the club on his Twitter page last week.

Hesketh said: “I spoke to Jordan at the back end of last season and expressed an interest in bringing him back.

“But he’s got an agent working for him who’s trying to get him the best deal. So it’s up to him whether he wants to return to his roots where he played the best football of his career but maybe the lure of the lira will be too much for him.

“We’d be delighted to have him back but we can’t offer a lucrative deal. Who knows what pre-season will bring though.”

When he revealed he was leaving Crewe, Connerton posted on Twitter: “Thanks for all the best wishes! For those asking don’t know where I’m going at the moment, just going to enjoy my summer first.”

Connerton aside, City boss Hesketh admitted he was talking to “three or four” players about coming to the club but nothing was set in stone yet.

He also hopes to have the majority of last season’s squad still at the club next season.

He said: “It’s going to be hard to get lads in with what we can offer but none of last season’s squad have indicated they are leaving but a couple might go as some will be trying to get better deals for themselves financially and I respect that.

“We’re hoping that a large contingent will stay and we are looking at three of four players.”

The City boss once again paid tribute to the fans for their efforts in boosting the club’s playing budget, with the figure raised now standing at around £300 a month, admitting that it will give him more scope to improve the squad next season.

He said: “It’s a fantastic gesture and at the moment I’m keeping my eye on it to see what the eventual figure will be and what options it will give us.

“We will be competitive next season and our aim remains the play-offs.”