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Welsh Premier League: Gap Connah’s Quay boss Mark McGregor expects Football League clubs to move for Rhys Healey in transfer window

GAP Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor has told the Football League clubs circling teenage hotshot Rhys Healey to make their move.

The 18-year-old’s stunning performances in his debut season in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League have attracted a string of scouts from professional outfits to Deeside Stadium.

Former Wrexham, Burnley and Blackpool defender McGregor would love to keep hold of Healey until the end of the campaign.

But he fully expects enquiries to come flooding in for the striker once the transfer window opens on January 1.

McGregor said: “From my experience clubs strike when a player is hot and I would be surprised if no-one comes in for him.

“I would do if I was in their position but I hope he will be with us until the end of the season.

“I’ve always said he will play in the Football League and if that means now, I would have no problem with that.”

Healey is one of a batch of exciting youngsters to graduate from the thriving Nomads academy into McGregor’s first team.

Healey, who is under contract and would command a fee, has scored 13 goals from just 10 starts this season and was last week named the league’s player of the month for November.

McGregor said: “It’s amazing for the lad and amazing for the club.”

Scouts are expected to be out in force at Park Hall tomorrow to see how Healey fares against full-time opposition when Nomads take on defending champions and current leaders The New Saints (7.45pm)

Seventh-placed Nomads, whose home clash with Prestatyn Town last Friday was postponed, have yet to beat any of the teams challenging for the title.

With five of their final six games of the normal season coming against sides currently in the top five, McGregor knows that record has to change if his men are to secure their place in the top six.

And while he accepts Nomads will be big underdogs tomorrow, McGregor has taken heart from the fact that both Newtown and Carmarthen Town have beaten the Saints on their artificial surface this season.

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