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Boro eye non-league striker

Non-league striking star Danny Johnson is training with his hometown club Middlesbrough.

Johnson, 21, began his career with Boro as a junior before moving on to neighbours Hartlepool United.

He then moved on to Spain with Real Murcia before returning to non-league football in England with Harrogate Town and now with Northern League side Guisborough Town.

Johnson has enjoyed a remarkable season with Guisborough and has chalked up 56 goals, while he and his strike partner Micky Roberts have broken the 100-barrier between them.

Johnson has also trained with Premier League club Cardiff and League One side Carlisle United, but he is now with Boro.

Guisborough boss Chris Hardy is hopeful he will soon be taken on by a professional side.

"Danny deserves to be in professional football because of his attitude and ability. He is an out-and-out goalscorer," Hardy told the Evening Gazette.

"And he is more mature now than he was when he was in the pro game before.

"He is more well-rounded and has got a lot more going on as a person.

"He is a proper man now and is the best talent in the Northern League.

"We have appointed an agent for him and there are a lot of clubs showing an interest and tip-toeing around.

"We are just looking to get something concrete."

It is reported a number of clubs are also looking at his strike partner Roberts, including Premier League team Crystal Palace.