Hyde winger Scott Hogan is on the brink of signing for Championship side Birmingham.
The 21-year-old caught the eye of several League clubs as he helped Hyde maintain their Blue Square Premier status.
League One champions Doncaster expressed an interest while Premier League West Ham were also watching him, but Birmingham invited the former Rochdale trainee for a trial.
Hogan has been training with them since Hyde’s final game two weeks ago and the Birmingham management clearly like what they’ve seen as they’re set to offer him a permanent contract.
“I’m really pleased for him,” said Hyde boss Scott McNiven.
“I thought he could fit into our system well and he’s been a different class in the 11 games he’s played for us.
“He’s made a name for himself, which I challenged him to do when he signed, and now he’s getting his rewards.”
Hogan, from Irlam, was released by Rochdale in 2011 and played for several non-league clubs before joining Ashton United in October.
After impressing in the Evo-Stik Premier he joined Hyde in March on non-contract terms, which would allow him to join a League club for free.
“I could see how hungry he was to get back to full-time football,” McNiven added.
“He wanted the chance to prove himself at Conference level and then move on, and he rose to the challenge.
“It’s a good advert for Hyde and what we’re doing here. Hopefully we can do the same for some other lads next season.”
McNiven and assistant manager Gavin McCann have agreed new two-year deals at Ewen Fields and were set to sign yesterday.