GARRY Haylock is hoping to uncover the next James McClean in Ireland – but insists he is not about to dismantle his bang in form Bedfont Town squad.
Haylock (pictured) knows the Irish leagues inside out having spent 14 years of his playing career scoring goals for the likes of Shelbourne, Linfield, Portadown, Glenavon, Dundalk, Ards and Shamrock Rovers.
McClean is a prime example of the talent waiting to be tapped up on the Emerald Isle, having scored three goals in 10 games for Sunderland since signing from Derry City.
Haylock travelled across the Irish Sea on Wednesday for the day, primarily to pick up his son, but was also planning to tap out his contacts while out there.
He said: “I'm not going out there to sign a player, but will chat with a few people while I am out there. I know Derry City chairman well, and I am good friends with the Irish PFA chairman too.
“The market out there has been very expensive, and I was not to get players in when I was at Hayes & Yeading, but there are a lot of players trying to get out.
“Obviously we don't have the £350k to buy a player at James McClean's level, but there are lots of other talented players over there, and we can can help put them in the shop window.
“We have only lost one in seven and won our last three games, and it would be insanity to take apart a squad which is in that kind of form.
"I'm always looking because you need strength in depth, and you never know when injuries and suspensions will strike, but I'm in no hurry to bring anyone in.”