Adam Lovatt has remained with Hastings United despite lofty interest.
A number of well-known players were brought up in non-league football; Chris Smalling, Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Michail Antonio to name just a few.
Clubs will be keeping close tabs on non-league stars to try and unearth a bargain, and Hastings United midfielder Adam Lovatt is one player who has attracted major interest.
The 20-year-old prospect has starred in non-league, and Leeds United fans may be wondering just where he went after the Whites registered their interest last season.
Lovatt went on trial with Leeds in a bid to win a contract at Elland Road, but eventually took to Twitter to admit that he wasn’t with the club for the full five days after a change of plans.
So what has happened to Lovatt since then? Firstly, Hastings confirmed that they had agreed a deal earlier this year to sell Lovatt to Sunderland, with a fee agreed on deadline day in January.
However, there were ‘difficulties in getting the medical completed before the window closed’, meaning he remained at Hastings rather than earn his big move to League One.
Curiously, Sunderland didn’t complete a deal for Lovatt over the summer. The move wasn’t resurrected, and the closest he seemingly got to a move was going back out on trial again, this time playing for Leicester City’s Under-23’s according to Foxes Hub.
Again, no deal was done for him to move, meaning Lovatt is still playing in non-league. The Hastings Observer recently noted that Lovatt was ‘dominant’ in a recent 2-0 win over Faversham Town, again highlighting his quality in non-league.
Leeds and Sunderland fans may be surprised to hear that the midfielder is still playing in the Isthmian League, but a future move to a Football League or even Premier League club wouldn’t be a shock, and Leeds, Leicester and Sunderland will surely be keeping tabs on his progress ahead of a potential move in 2020.