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Ian Baraclough hoping to keep hotshot Danny North at Sligo Rovers

Ian Baraclough hoping to keep hotshot Danny North at Sligo Rovers

Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

A number of cross-channel clubs have taken a look at former Grimsby striker, who has impressed in his time in Ireland's Airtricity League

Ian Baraclough admits that Sligo Rovers' current Airtricity Premier Division form has alerted sides across the water to the talent in the ranks but remains hopeful of keeping his squad together in order to build for the future.

In particular, 15-goal forward Danny North has caught the eye with scouts from Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Watford reportedly watching the Englishman in recent weeks.

No official approach has yet been made to the Bit O'Red for North and his manager is instead hoping that the former Grimsby Town striker commits his future to the league leaders.

"I've had conversations about players, but there hasn't been any bids for anybody. I know there is going to be interest when you are top of the league," Baraclough told the Irish Daily Mail.

"Clubs here are always going to get interest from across the water when they do well. And when you have someone like Danny North scoring goals, there will be interest in them.

"When young players are doing well, clubs are looking at them as potentially being a bargain, someone who they can develop. And I think that’s something that we have to guard against.

"If people know that players' contracts here end in October, we must try to guard against that as well. I’m trying to build a squad that can be here together for a couple of years. I don’t want to lose all of my players, so you try to keep building as a club and ensure that you have a core of players who will be here for next season. And that is something we are addressing."

Sligo Rovers' next assignment in the Airtricity Premier Division is an away clash at the Brandywell to face Derry City on Friday night.