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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Workington Reds' hopes of keeping loan star fade

Workington Reds’ hopes of keeping defender James Bolton past his current loan deal have faded.

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James Bolton ready to strike the ball

But boss Darren Edmondson has not given up securing Will Vaulks’ services until the end of the season.

Bolton has starred since joining from Macclesfield in August, but cannot sign another deal at Borough Park.

The 18-year-old has won rave reviews for his composed performances alongside Kyle May, but will leave the club when his 93-day stint ends on November 24.

Comfortable in possession, and solid in the tackle, the young centre half has a big future in the game, according to Edmondson, who was blocked from extending Bolton’s deal further.

Bolton can play in the FA Trophy first round if Workington progress past this afternoon’s third qualifying round match with Ossett Town.

Edmondson said: “It’s disappointing, because James has been a great player for us.

“He’s attracting interest from some big clubs, but he’s enjoying his football with us, and I hoped he would be able to stay.”

But the 41-year-old, who takes charge of his 48th cup tie as manager of Workington today, is more confident of keeping Vaulks.

“There is still work to be done, but we’re speaking with Tranmere,” he said.

Workington take on non-league minnows Ossett Town in the final qualifying round of the FA Trophy. Reds travel to Stade France for the clash, with £4,000 on offer to the winner.

Mark Boyd is pushing for a start after overcoming a calf injury. Edmondson said: “We are not taking Ossett for granted. We have to make sure we stay focused, and committed to getting into the first round.

“It’s a good draw for us. Ossett have had problems recently. They have struggled for form, and we are on a good run.”

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