Derby County boss Nigel Clough is keen to take another look at triallists Gjokaj, Hoganson as Rams head for Northampton
NIGEL Clough is hoping two of the three triallists who faced Burton Albion at the weekend will be in Derby County's squad for tomorrow's game against Northampton Town.
Swiss Central defender Valentin Gjokaj, left-back Michael Hoganson and left-sided midfielder James Caton all featured in the Rams' 1-0 victory at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.
Gjokaj and Hoganson played 77 minutes, Caton half an hour.
Derby will not be following up their interest in 18-year-old Caton, who has been released by Bolton Wanderers, but they are keen to take another look at Gjokaj and Hoganson, who are also 18.
The Rams take on Northampton at Sixfields and then Colchester United away on Friday night.
"Hopefully, Valentin will come away with us this week. I think he has done enough to earn that," said manager Nigel Clough, who was also impressed by the player's performance at Mansfield last week.
Clough added: "Once again, for 18, I thought he did OK against Burton. He competed and he is comfortable on the ball.
"We are very pleased with him and just want to confirm what we have seen in the first week he has been with us."
Hoganson has been released by Newcastle United but has been offered a one-year contract by Northampton, Derby's opponents tomorrow.
"We tried to get him in a couple of weeks back and he went somewhere else," said Clough. "We would like to have another look at him. He has been offered a deal by a club, so whether he can spare another week or not, we'll see."
Hoganson, who can play down the left side, scored twice for Northampton in a 4-0 victory over Cogenhoe United last week.
But he chose to play for Derby at Burton on Saturday instead of for Northampton against Chelsea Under-21s.
Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd said: "He (Hoganson) was offered a contract and we may well see him on Tuesday, because he's gone to Derby, so if he plays for them, then great.
"He'll get a game in their reserves and under 18s and if that's what he wants to do, then it's fine by me.
"The offer's still there for him. It won't be there for much longer but he'll decide what he wants to do."