DONCASTER Rovers are poised to offer Altrincham hot shot Damian Reeves the opportunity to join his hometown club.
The prolific 26-year-old striker, who lives and works in Doncaster, is out of contract this summer.
He is expected to leave the Blue Square Bet North side after finishing the season as the highest scorer in English football.
Reeves, a self-employed plasterer, has covered himself in glory on the non-league circuit after netting more than a goal a game for Altrincham over the last season.
The former Leeds United trainee finished the 2011/12 campaign with 44 league goals, including a club record of scoring in ten successive league games.
His goalscoring exploits have not gone unnoticed by Dean Saunders - whose priority in the transfer window is to find a replacement for marksman Billy Sharp.
Saunders wants to sign at least two strikers and hopes to convince Reeves, who is aware of Rovers’ interest, that his future lies at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Doncaster could face competition from Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock for Reeves’ services.
But the fact that he already lives in the town - and his girlfriend Lauren is expecting their first child - would suggest that Rovers are in pole position for his signature.
Reeves also fits Saunders’ bill perfectly.
His wage demands are unlikely to cause any problems.
And he is also a local lad with a point to prove.
The former Farsley Celtic, Histon and Northwich Victoria goal poacher suffered a bad leg break while he was at Leeds which curtailed his ambition of playing professionally.
Reeves was recently quoted as saying: “At some point there are going to be offers coming in that I’m going to have to think about.
“If I do play professionally again, it will just make it that little bit better that I’ve had something to overcome and got back into it.
“I really don’t know where I’m going to be next season,” he added.
“Nothing has been signed and sealed so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Altrincham, where Reeves has scored 63 goals in 79 starts, are resigned to losing their star man.
But Doncaster’s interest in the striker, who once had a basketball trial with Sheffield Sharks, is tempered by the fact that Saunders must also spend the summer balancing the books.
Saunders needs to reduce the wage bill before he can bolster his squad, although that has not prevented him from making good progress with regards to three possible new recruits.
Rovers’ boss has drawn up a summer wish-list of more than ten players.
But the Free Press understands that reports linking Doncaster with a move for Leeds forward Ramon Nunez and free agent Brian Howard, who was recently released by Reading, are wide of the mark.