Barwell manager admits Leeds are chasing in-demand Brady Hickey, believes exit is close

Barwell boss Jimmy Ginnelly has addressed Brady Hickey's future.

Barwell manager Jimmy Ginnelly has told the Hinckley Times that he expects Brady Hickey to leave the club imminently, with a host of clubs interested.

With the likes of Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin thriving in the Premier League in recent times, more and more clubs are beginning to look towards non-league football for potential signings, and Hickey is one player who has caught the eye.

Hickey, 18, has earned comparisons to Frank Lampard for his goalscoring ability from midfield, and he recently had the chance to join Vardy at Leicester.

Given that Barwell is in Leicestershire, it's no surprise that the Foxes were keeping a close eye on Hickey's progress in non-league football, and even offered him a trial to see whether he could make the grade at the King Power Stadium.

Barwell boss Ginnelly has confirmed to the Hinckley Times that Leicester chose not to sign Hickey despite an impressive performance against Reading Under-21's on Monday, but that seemingly won't be the end of the matter.

Ginnelly also confirmed that Championship heavyweights Burnley, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday are all pursuing Hickey, whilst League Two outfits Mansfield Town and Oxford United are also in the running for his signature.

"I watched the game against Reading and the lad didn’t look out of place," said Ginnelly. "But afterwards they basically said thanks but no thanks. They have said they’ll keep an eye on him though and wished him good luck."

"He’s being watched by Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Mansfield and Oxford to name but a few, they are in and out every week to watch him. He was obviously disappointed about Leicester but he is very laid back and can now concentrate on Barwell and college but it is only a matter of time.

"The lad has real talent and looked very comfortable playing alongside some big players who are on £40,000-£50,000 a week. For whatever reason they’ve decided not to take him but I didn’t think there was anyone technically better there than him. He’s 18 and could go into any set up but he’ll take it in his stride, it’s only days or weeks before someone signs him." he added.

With Ginnelly claiming that a deal for Hickey is 'days or weeks' away, it seems that the midfielder will be making the step up from non-league to Football League - and with inspiration from the likes of Austin and Vardy, Hickey could be the next great success story to emerge from non-league football.

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