Heffing brilliant, he's coming back?

The record of Paul Heffernan that pretty much speaks for itself: 35 goals in just 74 league starts during his Notts career, a very impressive achievement in a constantly struggling outfit. Although now, out of favour at his new club after leaving the Magpies for a cut-price deal in the summer, Ian Richardson will be hoping Heffernan can emulate his success should his swoop for the Dubliner be successful.

Richardson has commented on the possibility of Heffernan’s return to Meadow Lane, albeit on loan, in a bid to bolster his forward line that has become somewhat diminished over time. The caretaker boss, who is also said to be chasing Bolton’s Ricardo Vaz Te and Blessing Kaku, has seen the likes of Hurst (suspension), Scoffham (broken leg), Williams (family crisis) and all banished from first action in recent weeks, and so seeking extra personnel seems Richardson’s only option.

Richardson, who is said to have the complete backing of the Notts board for the time being, told the Magpies Official Site: "I am hoping to speak to the manager at Bristol City, Brian Tinnion, on the Paul Heffernan front,"

"I would like to see if there is a chance that we could bring Paul back on loan from Bristol City to boost our forward line."

"Brian Tinnion has some good forwards there, but I won't be hoping for much because a club looked at signing Lee Miller from Bristol last week and they rejected that bid."

However, in sharp disagreement with Richardson’s desire to bring in new faces, club director Steve Thompson spoke only this morning of the strict choke of finances, stating that any financial backing for Richardson would lead to almost certain slide back into administration, airing the poignant message: "We cannot afford to take any risks."

NCM will be sure to update you on any developments regarding a possible return for Heffernan, and indeed for any further loan signings.