Fleetwood Town boss hoping to tempt Hume into return

Iain Hume in action at Wembley
Iain Hume in action at Wembley
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander revealed he has already spoken to Iain Hume about a potential return to Highbury.

The forward was released by Preston North End last week having spent the last two months of the season on loan at Fleetwood Town.

Hume is understood to have enjoyed his stint with Fleetwood, which ended with promotion at Wembley, but Alexander knows other clubs will be chasing the 30-year-old Canadian international.

Speaking about Hume, he said: “He’s of interest. I spoke to him probably a month ago just to see if there would be any interest from his side.

“That was quite positive, he said yes.

“But from that to signing is a million miles away.” Alexander will meet today with chairman Andy Pilley and chief executive Steve Curwood to discuss his requirements having won promotion to League One.

He explained:“It’s a discussion about the whole squad which we’ll have with the chairman, the chief executive and other key people.

“We’ll see where we want to improve things and take things forward.”

Fleetwood have already moved to bring in highly-rated full back Danny Andrew from Macclesfield Town.

Alexander will now have to look at what other positions require strengthening, with a striker believed to be high on the priority list.

Alexander said: “We knew we needed a left-back, because of the situation with Charlie Taylor (see below).

“We moved and got that sorted with Danny Andrew.

“In other positions we’ve already got players there and we have to see if they are able to make that step up.”

Should Fleetwood and Hume come to an agreement, Alexander knows he’d be making a quality addition to his squad.

He said:“Obviously Humey is a very talented footballer, we know he can do a job for us.

“We think he can improve, it’s something I spoke to him about. But I’m sure there’ll be other interest in him.”

One loan player unlikely to be returning to Highbury is left back Charlie Taylor.

The Leeds United ace is set to return to Elland Road having made 31 starts for Town, including their Wembley victory.

And Alexander believes the 20-year-old may look to build his career with the West Yorkshire club who this weekend parted company with their manager. He said: “It will be difficult because of what’s happened a Leeds.

“What happened to Brian McDermott is such a shame.

“There’ll be a new manager and Charlie has just signed a three-year deal. He’ll want to go back and prove himself as a Leeds player.

“We’re more than happy with Danny Andrew.

“Over the season we’ll bring loan players in if we get any as good as Charlie has been we’ll have done well.”