Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington remains hopeful that a deal can be done to bring Jamie Taylor back to Priory Lane.
Taylor, 31, spent last month on loan from Sutton United but returns to his parent club ahead of Borough’s trip to league leaders Bromley in the Skrill South on Saturday.
And while the boss admitted that it would be difficult, he hopes to re-sign the in-demand forward. “I don’t think it’s dead in the water,” he said. “It might get taken out of my hands though as other teams are interested.”
After four goals in his brief stay, as well as a two-year spell back in 2009 - a stint that saw Taylor net 35 times in 104 appearances - the fans will be disappointed to see him go. However, Widdrington was pleased to reveal that another striker would be extending his stay at the Lane.
Tom Derry, 18, has extended his initial month-long loan from Gillingham by a further month after impressing in recent weeks, and is set to feature against Bromley.
Influential captain Ian Simpemba is ruled out through suspension, though, while Frankie Raymond and Sam Cole are also banned.
Despite the loss of several key figures, Widdrington believes his side are capable of causing an upset but understands they must not underestimate their opponents, who have been in excellent form.
“They’ve surprised everybody a little bit, but they’re up there on merit,” said the boss. “I always back my players to do well and we go into every game thinking we can win but we’re not so arrogant to think we can just roll up there and play our own game.”
Bromley are unbeaten in nine matches and have won eight of those fixtures, including an impressive 3-1 win at Ebbsfleet United last time out.
In Bradley Goldberg, a player that will be familiar to Eastbourne football fans after a spell at Eastbourne United, they boast the league’s top scorer. Goldberg has scored 15 times this season on loan from League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge.
Borough might think they have the edge, though, after doing the double over them last season, winning 3-0 at home and 2-0 away.
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