Last night, Mark Kennedy let slip in an interview that Jordon Garrick moving on will allow us to bring ‘Harry’ in.
My sources suggest that said Harry is none other than Sheffield United wing-back Harry Boyes. He’s been on loan with Forest Green this season but was recalled at the start of the window. If it is true, then here’s all you need to know about Harry Boyes.
Boyes is a 21-year-old left wing-back who spent some of his youth career with Manchester City. Boyes left Man City in 2018, the same year as Mark left, so there’s every chance our Head Coach knows him from his time there.
Since leaving Manchester, Boyes has been with Sheffield United. He’s yet to appear for them but spent time on loan with Bradford Park Avenue and Solihull Moors. During his time with the latter, he was named in the National League Team of the Season, chipping in with five goals and five assists. Solihull Moors fan and EFL pundit Callum Moseley told The Stacey West all about Boyes.
“Boyes would be a welcomed addition for any third-tier side, in my honest opinion. He lit the National League up last season with his pace and constant eye to get forward. His play style is similar to a Ryan Giles; he’s not the tallest of lads, but he loves a tackle or two so he can do both attacking and defending. He works his backside off for his side and is a solid young player overall.”
That loan spell earned him a new deal with the Blades before a move to Forest Green. “Harry went out and performed well in the National League last season and that has prompted a number of EFL clubs to enquire about taking him on loan this summer,” said manager Paul Heckingbottom. “We feel this is a great opportunity for him at Forest Green in League One and we are delighted to finalise the deal, having seen him commit his long-term future to United.”
He’s impressed in Gloucestershire, with four assists for them since October 15th, having come into the team after we played them in August. He’s recently been a firm fixture on the left side of their defence but was recalled, and the suggestion is it was with a bigger move in mind. That bigger move could well be Lincoln City.
It does raise some questions. Firstly, some fans were clamouring for an attack-minded wing-back, particularly on the left, so it satisfies one need, but it does leave Jamie Robson in a tough position. Robson and Roughan have fought for the left wing-back slot all season, but Roughan can also play left centre half, meaning he has an additional string to his bow. Robson is an out-and-out left back, and if Boyes is coming in to play regularly, it does pose a question over how we utilise Robson.
Of course, it might not be Boyes coming in; we’ll have to wait and see.