DAVID Healy last night emerged as a surprise target of newly promoted English clubs Crawley Town and Fleetwood Town.
Healy – who comes out of contract at Rangers this week – is believed to be on the wanted list of both clubs who are seeking experienced personnel to guide them into next season.
Crawley earned promotion to League One last term and are managed by Sean O’Driscoll – who Healy played under during a brief loan spell at Doncaster Rovers in 2010.
Fleetwood are preparing for their first foray into the Football League after winning the Blue Square Bet Premier last season.
Both progressive clubs have ambitions owners who are plotting back-to-back promotions.
They are also looking to enrol experienced players who can help them fulfil that dream.
Fleetwood sold top goalscorer Jamie Vardy to Championship club Leicester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £1m last week.
Now 32-year-old Healy is being viewed as a potential successor who can bag the goals to push them up the League Two table next term.
At least one Scottish Premier League club is also keen on Northern Ireland’s record goal scorer, and a number of other sides south of the border are also monitoring the former Leeds United striker’s situation.
It was reported last week that Rangers could offer Healy a new one-year deal, but the player is keeping his options open as the club continues its administration battle.
Healy is preparing to fly out with the Northern Ireland squad today ahead of Saturday’s friendly with the Netherlands in the Amsterdam Arena.