Gale: Hawks don’t want to become a selling club

Ollie Palmer. Picture: Dave Haines
Ollie Palmer. Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks boss Shaun Gale wants to keep talented young striker Ollie Palmer – but admits it might not be possible.

The talented young striker has scored eight goals in as many starts and, not surprisingly, that has attracted the interest of a number of Football League clubs.

Wycombe Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Bournemouth are among those keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old, and Gale fears if a good offer comes in he may be forced to sell.

Gale, however, believes the rookie would benefit from playing Conference South football with the Hawks for a bit longer.

‘Ollie is an up-and-coming talent and still learning his trade,’ said Gale.

‘Four or five clubs have indicated an interest but that’s as far as it’s gone.

‘So far there have been no bids but I have had a long talk with the chairman and we will do what is best for the player and our club.

‘We have already sold Wes Fogden to Bournemouth this season and I don’t want us to become known as a selling club that gets rid of it’s best players.’

Palmer has made a big impact since signing from Woking, scoring vital goals to help the Hawks pull away from the relegation zone.

He has ambitions to make the grade in the professional game and would jump at the chance if it came along.

His confidence is sky-high at the moment, which is in stark contrast to the start of the season when he was surplus to requirements at Woking and sent out on loan to Boreham Wood.

His time at Boreham Wood was not a happy one and it was the Hawks who came to his rescue.

Since then, he hasn’t looked back.

‘He has a great attitude and what we have done is play to his strengths,’ said Gale.

‘The lad is deceptively quick and we have worked on getting him into dangerous positions.

‘He is reaping the benefits of his hard work and willingness to listen.

‘He certainly knows where the goal is and all clubs are on the look-out for natural goalscorers.’

Palmer did himself no harm, in front of the Wycombe Wanderers scout at Staines at the weekend, displaying just what a clinical finisher he can be.

With the Hawks trailing midway through the second half, he took on and beat his defender on the right side of the area and went on to fire a superb low finish inside the far post.

After that, the scout went for his cup of tea, having seen enough to convince him of the youngster’s potential.

If a bid comes in and the Hawks are forced to sell, the popular youngster will be a big loss for the club.