IN-FORM winger Martyn Woolford heads a clutch of York City players attracting interest from other clubs during this month's transfer window.

Minstermen boss Colin Walker confirmed he has received inquiries about former Frickley Athletic player Woolford, while skipper Manny Panther is also believed to be wanted by a number of fellow Blue Square Premier clubs.

Woolford, 22, is under contract at KitKat Crescent beyond this summer, meaning there is little pressure on City to cash in on their prize asset before the window closes a week on Thursday.

Former Partick Thistle midfielder Panther, meanwhile, will be out of contract at the end of this season and, as he turns 24 in May, he would be entitled to a free transfer under the Bosman ruling this summer.

But the skipper is unlikely to leave City for another Blue Square Premier club and the transfer fee he would attract is unlikely to tempt the club to sell now rather than risk him walking away for nothing in the summer.

Football League clubs have previously cast their eye over Woolford, who took his tally for the season to eight goals at the weekend with a point-winning brace at Altrincham.

Talking ahead of tonight's FA Trophy second round replay at Grays Athletic, Walker said: "We would be stupid to think people aren't watching him but there's not only him.

"People like Manny have done well, as has Nicky Wroe and Ben Purkiss is relishing his wing-back role. While the team is doing well, teams will come and look. Whether players will go or not is another matter though."

City communications and community director Sophie McGill stressed the club are not expecting a bid for Woolford before the window closes. She added: "We haven't had any formal offers for Martyn."

Walker employed Woolford as a striker to devastating effect for the last half-hour at Altrincham and will now decide whether to use him in the same role from the start against Grays.

Craig Farrell is still ruled out because of a groin injury and Onome Sodje and Paul Brayson were both replaced during the first hour at Altrincham.

Walker said: "I don't know whether we will put Martyn up there. He was the hungriest striker we had on Saturday but Richard Brodie will come into the equation as well.

"He caused a few problems on Saturday. Sometimes though you can end up an impact player rather than somebody who does it from the start and we've had a chat about that.

"We've also had to come back in five of our last six games despite being totally dominant and we've got to be more positive in the final period."

City's 13-goal, joint-top scorer Sodje could give way for Brodie in Walker's starting line-up with his form dipping recently.

The City chief added: "Strikers go through tough spells because the hardest thing to do in the game is put the ball in the net and that's why we need players like Martyn Woolford chipping in as well. Sodje's only 19 and he can't be bright and breezy all the time.

"He will have down periods but it's up to me, Eric (Winstanley) and everybody else to help him. Whether that means he will start the game or we will leave him out, we will see."

New signings Simon Rusk and Jimmy Beadle are not eligible for tonight's clash. Rusk is cup-tied and international clearance was not received in time for Beadle to play, although he would be available should City make further progress in the competition.

City boss Walker also added he is not looking to add another centre-back to his squad before the transfer window closes following the news that Darren Kelly could be our for six weeks with a hamstring tear.