Roofing boss warns clubs to stump up for star Campbell

CHALLENGE ... Richie McLoughlin.
CHALLENGE ... Richie McLoughlin.
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JARROW Roofing boss Richie McLoughlin has warned clubs that they won’t get hotshot John Campbell on the cheap.

The striker has attracted a lot of attention after bagging 24 goals in 19 games since his move from West Auckland in the summer.

Roofing are believed to have paid £6,000 for the frontman and have seen his valuation soar after a string of impressive performances, including scoring all five goals in a win against Consett.

That game – as all Roofing’s matches are – was videod, and the footage, which included Campbell scoring from the halfway line, made its way on to Sky Sports News.

The extra prominence the striker has received has helped bulk up the interest in the 25-year-old. He played a trial game for Oxford this week, is going to train with Fleetwood Town next week, while Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday have also had scouts at Roofing games.

But supremo McLoughlin has warned clubs they have to put up or shut up if they want to sign the former Manchester City trainee.

“As a club, we’ve pushed John nationally all season, and he’s gaining the recognition his talent deserves,” manager McLoughlin said.

“We all want him to move back into professional football but at the same time the deal has to be right for Jarrow Roofing.

“We have our valuation of him and any Football League club that wants him to sign will need to meet that figure.

“We are the same as any other football club in the country. We wouldn’t expect anyone else to let their prize asset go for free.

“And any club that wants John needs to speak to us first due to his contract with us.”