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Wycombe look into raid for Faulconbridge

WYCOMBE WANDERERS are considering a swoop for Wrexham contract rebel Craig Faulconbridge.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS are considering a swoop for Wrexham contract rebel Craig Faulconbridge.

The striker is up for sale after refusing to sign a new, improved three-year deal earlier in the week.

Dragons boss Denis Smith immediately put Faulconbridge on the transfer list as he aims to cash in on his £300,000-rated top-scorer before his contract expires in the summer.

Now Wycombe chief Lawrie Sanchez, who has tracked Faulconbridge for several months, is pondering a bid for the want-away player.

A source at Adams Park last night revealed to the Daily Post: "There are discussions under way at the club with regard to making an approach for Faulconbridge in the short or longer-term."

However, Wycombe - fifth in the second division - could delay pursuing their interest until Faulconbridge's ankle injury clears up in the next few weeks.

They have already added Richard Walker to their squad this season Ð but Sanchez wants to keep their on-field momentum rolling and won't rule out a raid on Faulconbridge.

But it remains to be seen whether the package Sanchez could put together would outstrip the terms Wrexham offered the Nuneaton-born forward.

Faulconbridge turns 24 in April and can leave as a free agent during the next close-season under the Bosman ruling Ð and he, and Wycombe, could sit tight until he is released.

Wycombe are eyeing promotion to the first division and the prospect of playing at a higher level could tempt the ambitious player to relocate down south.

Revealing his reasons for turning down Smith's offer to extend his Racecourse stay until 2005, Faulconbridge said: "At the moment I've got to assess all my options. It's not a case of turning my back on the club.

"And it's certainly not simply and purely about money - far from it. The deal I have been offered at Wrexham would have kept me here until I was 27. I've got to look at what's the best long-term option.

"It's not just about money, although I have to consider that.

"What is of paramount importance is football Ð not finance. I am now at the stage of my career when I have to make important decisions regarding where my career is going."

He added: "I want to see if I can play at a higher level.

"I hope people can understand that - because it's the truth. I'm looking at this first and foremost from a football standpoint, not a financial one. But I have to say what Wrexham offered me would leave me on the sort of wages that would not give me financial stability."

 Meanwhile, Wrexham fans are preparing to bankroll team building - by forgoing a pint a week.

With the strapped club having lost £400,000 last year - the worst figures in 20 years - supporters have devised an innovative scheme to raise revenue.

Organiser Rob Owen explained: "If the current financial situation continues we can all see the day when the Racecourse gates close for the last time.

"We could all drown our sorrows or do something more positive.

"If the average pint of beer costs £2 why don't we contribute that cost to a fund to be exclusively for team development?

"If 3,000 of us are each prepared to sacrifice a pint a week for strengthening that squad, it will create funding worth £312,000 in a year."

Rob Owen can be contacted on (01606) 853306 for more information on signing up to the fundraising plan.


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