Rhys Healey

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SCOUTS are expected to be out in force at Park Hall on Friday night to take another look at Gap Connah's Quay starlet Rhys Healey when The New Saints host the Nomads.

And Quay player-manager Mark McGregor has told the Football League clubs circling the 18-year-old hotshot to make their move.

McGregor would love to keep hold of Healey until the end of the current Welsh Premier campaign but he fully expects enquiries to start flooding in once the transfer window opens on New Year's Day.

"From my experience clubs strike when a player is hot and I would be surprised if no-one comes in for him," said McGregor to the Flintshire Chronicle.

"I would do if I was in their position but I hope he will be with us until the end of the season.

"I've always said he will play in the Football League and if that means now, I would have no problems with that."

Healey is one of a batch of exciting prospects to graduate from the Nomads' academy into the first team and has scored 13 goals from just 10 starts this season.

It's amazing for the lad and amazing for the club.

Last week, he was named the league's player of the month and McGregor added: "It's amazing for the lad and amazing for the club."

Healey, who has already had trials with several clubs, is under contract at the Deeside Stadium and would command a fee.

If he does move he would become the second Flintshire-based player to step-up following the signing of frontman Jake Cassidy by Wolves from Airbus UK Broughton for a substantial fee in 2010.