FORMER favourite and glory boy Danny Bacon could be on the brink of a surprise return to Hucknall Town.
He is one of three new faces lined up by manager Des Lyttle as The Yellows look to strengthen their challenge for a place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South promotion play-offs.
The others are striker Aaron Farrell (24), who made his debut in last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Sheffield (SEE PAGE 42), and 20-year-old winger Seb Lake-Gaskin, who has been snapped up this week from Rugby Town.
Striker Bacon was the pin-up star of the best two seasons in Town’s history when they won the Unibond League title (one level below the Conference) under Steve Burr in 2004 and then reached the FA Trophy final at Villa Park under Dean Barrick in 2005.
Now 31, Bacon has been playing with one of Town’s Nottinghamshire divisional rivals, Rainworth Miners Welfare, this season. He is a big friend of Chris Timons, who re-joined The Yellows last week.
Lyttle has not made an official approach but admits that he might be interested after Bacon caught his eye in a midfield role when the two sides clashed two weeks ago.
Broken-leg injuries have twice knocked back Bacon’s bid to make it on the professional stage — first with Mansfield Town and later with Lincoln City.
He moved to Lincoln after scoring 49 goals in two seasons for Town between 2003 and 2005. He also won the Player Of The Year award for the FA Trophy and became the first Yellow ever to gain an international cap for the England non-league team.
After leaving Lincoln, Bacon re-signed for Town in the summer of 2007 and spent two more seasons at Watnall Road. But despite scoring 22 goals, he was unable to prevent relegation from the Blue Square North and moved on again in May 2009.
Farrell has been without a club this term but has experience at a higher level with Tamworth, Kidderminster Harriers and Solihull.
“Once he gets himself fit, he’ll be a good player for us,” says Lyttle. “He’s quick and knows where the goal is. He has a good pedigree.”
Like Farrell, Lake-Gaskin was also at Tamworth when Lyttle played for The Lambs. A former youth-team player with West Brom, he’s “a winger full of tricks”, says the Yellows chief.
“He has good pace and good delivery in the final third and, hopefully, he will give us more quality and variation.”
The signing of Lake-Gaskin helps to soften the blow of a three-match ban for Aidan Brady, who was sent off against Sheffield.
Town have also lost on-loan centre-back Nathan Stainfield, who has been recalled by his club, Boston United. But Aaron ‘Crouchy’ Mitchell is expected to be fit again soon.
Added Lyttle: “It’s a shame about Nathan because he was outstanding at Rainworth. But we could only have him on a game-by-game basis and with Boston having three matches this week, they needed him back.”
The Sheffield defeat dropped Town to ninth in the table, seven points adrift from the play-off places with 15 games to play.
But they get the chance to leapfrog one of the sides above them tomorrow (Saturday) when travelling to meet Leek Town.
Leek have been showing improved form in recent weeks, losing just one of their last eight matches. When the two sides met at Watnall Road in their second games of the season, the result was a goalless draw.