Town in the hunt for Huckerby

HUCKNALL Town are poised to swoop for the brother of Manchester City striker Darren Huckerby after the surprise loss of centre-forward Ian Duerden.

Scott Huckerby is the younger brother of Nottingham-born Darren (26), who has also had spells at Newcastle United, Leeds United and Coventry City.

He spent much of last season at Hinckley United in the Premier Division of the Dr Martens League (same level as Town), scoring 11 goals in 24 appearances.

But Town manager Phil Starbuck has made him an offer to return closer to home and expects a reply when the striker has returned from holiday.

Like his brother, Huckerby began his career with Third Division Lincoln City before moving on to Ilkeston Town.

From there he was sold for 10,000 to Telford United in the Nationwide Conference. But when the Shropshire club decided to revert to semi-professional status, he was offloaded to Conference rivals, Woking, from whom Hinckley snapped him up.

"I have spoken about Scott to Keith Alexander, who was his manager at Ilkeston, and he says he should have gone a lot further in the game.

"My assistant Steve Prindiville and defender Craig Gaunt have also played against him and say he caused them problems, so he must have a bit to offer."

Huckerby is seen as the ideal replacement for Duerden, who has left Town to join Unibond League, Premier Division rivals, Altrincham.

Duerden (23) made a big impression when arriving from Barrow on a free transfer in February. He scored in each of his first three games and went on to net six in 14 appearances.

However his form tailed off towards the end of the season and Starbuck shrugged off his decision to accept a better financial offer from Altrincham.

"It is not really a blow to lose him," said Starbuck. "He was always going to be a short-term signing only. I need players who will fight and give 110% to the cause every week."

Meanwhile the signing of ex-professional midfielder Darren Bullock is expected to be rubber-stamped in the next few days.

Bullock (33), who made more than 120 appearances for Huddersfield Town in Divisions One and Two in the mid-1990s, will sign on a non-contract, pay-as-you-play basis.

Another new face at Watnall Road is 23-year-old Jason Tee, who was formerly with Sheffield United.

Tee, who can play in midfield, at right-back or right wing-back, impressed when making a handful of guest appearances in friendlies towards the end of last term.

He has not played competitive football for a year but passed one of Starbuck's end-of-season fitness assessments with flying colours.

"He's very fit and a tidy player with two great feet," said the Town chief.