McGrath makes Minstermen move

Nottingham Forest have shown an interest in Stevenage’s head of

recruitment Leon Hunter, according to the npower League One


Reports emerged last week that Forest’s Kuwaiti owners, the

Al-Hasawi family, were weighing up a move to bring Hunter to the

City Ground as director of football.

Forest have a gap in their hierarchy after the Al-Hasawis

controversially sacked long-serving chief executive Mark Arthur and

dismissed Reds legend Frank Clark from his ambassadorial role last


Chief scout Keith Burt was also given the boot along with Arthur

and Clark.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace told the Comet: “They (Forest)

are not the first club to show an interest in him and I doubt

they’ll be the last since he’s a talented young man with an

extensive knowledge of British and overseas players and agents.

“However, he’s loving the role at Stevenage and has a high level

of autonomy and responsibility so I don’t think it will be that

easy for him to be enticed away.

“However, as with professional players, if any individual

working in football has the chance to move to the highest level,

I’m sure he or she will do so.”

McGrath, club captain at Albion, has been unable to force his

way back into the Brewers’ starting line-up following a five-month

absence with a foot injury.

The 32-year-old will remain with the Minstermen until March 11

and is reunited with manager Gary Mills, who he played under at


Despite being allowed to leave the Pirelli Stadium, Burton boss

Gary Rowett insists McGrath remains part of his plans as the team

chase promotion from League Two.

He said: “I’ve done this reluctantly, in a way, because

characters like Macca are the sort of people I want around the


“I had hoped that I would be able to find him a place back in

the side before now but, since he had that bad injury, the form of

Lee Bell and Robbie Weir in the middle has been too good to


“I know John is desperate to play and, with him going to York,

he will now have a month of League Two football.

“I hope that means that we will get an even more match-fit Macca

coming back to us later in the season.”