BOSS Paul Collicutt is hoping to fend off a triple raid on Evesham United’s squad from three separate Southern League West rivals.

Midfielder Lorcan Sheehan is being chased by Cinderford Town, the club he helped to guide to the title in 2015-16, with a move that Collicutt said “came out of the blue”.

That approach comes on the back of North Leigh’s pursuit of ex-Cheltenham Town youngster Jordan Lymn, 19, and Slimbridge's attempt to swoop for 29-year-old forward James Campbell, currently on loan at Fairford Town.

The futures of Lymn and Campbell could be decided before tomorrow’s trip to table-toppers Bristol Manor Farm (3pm) but Cinderford cannot talk to 28-year-old Sheehan until Wednesday.

Collicutt remains keen to see all three stay in Worcestershire and fight for their places but is adamant he will not stand in their way.

“All of the players are in my plans. They were signed on because we knew they were good and we want to keep them,” said Collicutt.

“The thing is whether they are prepared to fight for their places. Their argument might be that they need to play but they have to earn that right.

“There's no doubt Lorcan is a very good player. We haven’t seen enough of Jordan yet and I genuinely feel the lad has a lot of potential.

“We picked James out of local football and felt he needed games, hence he went to Fairford with the hope that he would back stronger and better for it.

“One thing we wanted this season was to have a stronger squad. We have good quality but it is physically impossible to keep everyone happy. All I can do is try to keep it a happy ship and the best way to do that is to keep winning.”

Meanwhile, Leroy Odiero could win his race to be fit for the trip down the M5.

“Leroy is 50-50, maybe 60-40,” added Collicutt. “I am glad to say his injury has improved.

"We don’t know whether he’ll make it but at least he has a chance now which looked highly unlikely on Tuesday.

“The lads did well at Cirencester so it would be difficult to change it after a performance like that.”