YORK CITY boss Jackie McNamara is to offer former Hibernian striker Derek Riordan a deal as he bids to bolster his goalscoring options.
The ex-Scotland international has been training with the Minstermen and McNamara has been suitably impressed with the 33-year-old to feel he could help pull the Bootham Crescent outfit out of the League Two relegation dogfight.
Riordan, who has scored 117 goals across his career, will now have to consider whether to accept the career lifeline thrown by McNamara.
The City boss said: "Derek has been training with us and we are looking at that just now. He gives us a few goals and we will see what can be done between now and the end of the season, see if there is something there and if he's happy and we are happy.
"He has shown his finishing qualities and it is not so much (about) his overall fitness. If he can get a little bit sharper then he could be a quality player for us."
Riordan has been followed by controversy for a chunk of his career but McNamara believes he is a more mature character now. "I think he's grown up since then," he added.
"He has got kids now. I can see that bit of hunger in him and can he try and finish his career in the right way and help York first and foremost."
McNamara also confirmed that defender Lubo Satka would link up with the rest of the squad at training tomorrow and would be in his thoughts for Saturday's visit of Stevenage Borough.
The versatile Newcastle United player has been at a Slovakian Under-21s training camp since agreeing to come on loan from St James' Park and the Minstermen chief said he was pleased to have the 20-year-old on board.
He explained: "He will come into the squad. Obviously I would have liked to have got him right away. He's a very good option. He can play at left, right or centre-half or also as a protective midfielder."
After a week of movement which has seen Eddie Nolan leave the club by mutual consent, Tom Platt return on loan to Harrogate Town and right-back Luke Hendrie agree a deal at City until the end of the season, McNamara did not rule out further forays into the transfer market before the deadline on February 1.
"We will see," he said when asked. "You never say never and there could always be something there."
With the possibility of Riordan livening up the City forward line in the future, McNamara has still called for his players to be more ruthless in taking their chances as he tries to engineer a rise up the table with his new look squad.
He explained: "That's the key to it. In the Newport game, we should have scored a few goals and it is ending up costing us. They scored with a penalty and a shot from outside the box and we should have taken our chances.
"It's also very important we start the game well, get the fans with us and take the game to them (Stevenage). We need to make sure we start the game like that (second half against Carlisle). I have got options now and Carlisle showed the importance of the squad being stronger.
"Previously, I didn't have the option to change if it wasn't going quite our way."