Young centre-half Olly Marx is on the verge of joining Southport for the rest of the season, subject to receiving his International Clearance, which should follow on shortly.
The Frodsham-based first-year professional has had a frustrating season, thanks to the excellent form of both Manny Smith and skipper Shaun Pearson, featuring just twice in the senior side, with both appearances coming away at AFC Fylde in October – one in the FA Cup and the other in the league.
Since then, he was able to join NPL side Rushall Olympic on loan at the start of November, but early in his debut for the Pics he came off with a foot injury, which has sidelined him until a few weeks ago.
Play-off chasing Southport, who have turned their season around in the last few months, have been keen to strengthen their squad and it gives Olly the idal chance to gain some valuable match experience with plenty on the line at Haig Avenue.
During 2016/17, Olly spent time on loan with Sutton Coldfield Town, before returning to the Racecourse and making his league debut at Barrow on 31 March, although not lasting the 90 minutes as he had to leave early after taking a knock to the head.
Recovering, he was back in the team against Tranmere Rovers and played in the final six games of the season, earning himself a professional contract into the bargain.
There is a recall clasue in his loan deal, that allows for a return after 28-days service with Southport.