Robin Shroot insists he will let his football do the talking as speculation grows he is on the verge of a dream move to big-spending League One side Peterborough United.
Director of football at 'the Posh', Barry Fry, was at Earlsmead last Saturday to run the rule over the 20-year-old winger after being invited down by his old friend, Borough boss David Howell. And the former Birmingham City manager must have liked what he saw as he left at half time despite Harrow trailing, thus missing Shroot's second half winner in the 2-1 win over Dartford.
Howell reckons Fry was impressed with Shroot's display and insists his star midfielder can follow former Harrow hero Albert Adomah, now at Barnet, into the Football League.
"Without a shadow of a doubt he can," said Howell. "Robin has got the ability, listens and wants to learn. He is back here and trying to get his game together and has scored three goals in four matches. He has turned the corner and is making big steps to improve."
It will certainly be a big step up should Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson swoop for Shroot. However, the youngster is no stranger to playing at a higher level having won six U20 caps for Northern Ireland. In a further boost, he has been named in his country's 18-man U21 squad for next Tuesday's International Challenge match against Scotland.
"I got Barry down to have a look at him," said Howell of Fry's scouting mission. "I learned later that Barry left at half-time because he had seen enough, and in a good way. Robin was a constant threat and drew a few fouls.
"I've known Barry a long time and he has an eye for a good player. I think Baz was a bit put out when Albert Adomah went to Barnet. He missed out that time so I thought I would give him plenty of notice about Robin."
Howell believes Shroot and the rejuvenated Jonathan Constant epitomise his team's work rate and dedication at present and admits he will be torn should United make an offer for the promising play-maker.
"I'll await contact from Peterborough and we will discuss the next stage from there," added the manager. "I'll be happy if Robin is still with us by Christmas but I'll be equally happy for him if he has gone."
Shroot, meanwhile, would not be drawn on the link to Peterborough but revealed his desire to play at a higher level.
"I want to play league football, of course," said the South London-born player, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through his grandmother, a Belfast native.
"Dave does not want me to stay at the club in the long term because he believes I'm good enough to play at a higher level. He's done everything he can to further my career and I'll always be grateful for that."
Despite being registered at Harrow on non-contract terms Shroot would still be the subject of a compensation package to his former club AFC Wimbledon should he agree a deal with a league club.
However, he is taking nothing for granted and is more than happy to help turn around Borough's poor start to the Ryman Premier campaign.
"You just want to work hard and achieve what you know you are capable of," he added. "I just want to get my football doing the talking.
"Owsy (Howell) has given me a good chance at Harrow. He manages me perfectly. It was brilliant when I came here on loan as I played every week and I'm enjoying it again."
Shroot came through the ranks at the original Crazy Gang, Wimbledon, before playing for AFC Wimbledon, the club formed from the demise of the Selhurst Park club. However, Shroot's progress was blighted by what he describes as 'politics.'
"I started five games for (AFC) Wimbledon and scored six goals but they just didn't play me after that,' he recalled. "They had players there on big money who had to be played. It was very political and I got fed up. I just wanted to play football."
And he is doing that pretty much around the clock now as he works full time at team-mate Jamie Lawrence's football academy. However, it is Harrow Borough that require his services the most at the moment as they seek to build on the Dartford victory at on-the-slide Margate this Saturday.
"We are one of the best footballing sides in the division on our day and the win on Saturday has given us a lot of confidence," insisted Shroot. "We were 1-0 down and could have folded but we stuck to our guns, worked together and got the result."
Meanwhile, Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett has apologised to Howell for 'tapping up' Shroot. Howell was incensed that Bartlett had contacted Shroot on his mobile phone directly without asking Harrow's permission.
Howell also claimed Tooting tried to coax Shroot in the car park after last month's draw between the sides, incidents he described as 'unsavory'.
"Gordon has apologised," said Howell. "I would have reported them had I wanted to make a big thing of this. Robin is dedicated enough to know we are looking after his interests and have the contacts to further his career."
Harrow have signed former Bristol City starlet Tobi Jinadu, 24.