Winder set for Lancaster City exit as Darlington trial continues

Ryan Winder. Picture: Tony North
Ryan Winder. Picture: Tony North

Boss Phil Brown does not expect Ryan Winder to return to Lancaster City - even if he isn’t snapped up by Darlington.

The former Morecambe youngster is currently on trial with the Conference North club, featuring in their first two pre-season friendlies.

Winder, a standout player for the Dolly Blues last season, impressed as a second-half substitute for the Quakers in the 3-1 at Buxton on Saturday before starting in the 2-0 win against Harrogate Railway on Tuesday night.

Darlo boss Martin Gray is expected to make a decision about the 22-year-old shortly but Brown has revealed that even if he isn’t staying in the North East a Giant Axe return is unlikely with Winder having offers on the table from elsewhere.

The City boss said: “I don’t envisage him coming back to Lancaster City.

“He’s got a couple of other offers from clubs higher up.

“Darlington looks like it would be a good move for him but we’ll just see how it goes over the coming days.

“I wish him all the success.”

Brown says Winder hasn’t been the only player attracting interest from elsewhere since the end of what turned into a successful season as the Blues just missed out on the play-offs and reached the final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

He said: “Quite a few of our players had offers over the summer.

“Most were from clubs several divisions higher than us.

“Ryan is a classic example of that.

“Darlington asked to take him and he’s an ambitious young lad who wants to progress up the leagues.

“He seems to be doing well for them so far and we wish him all the best.”

Central defender Danny Gregson will also not be returning to Giant Axe this season having taken up a job in Singapore.