Raynes backs Worley as makeshift striker

Harry Worley (second from right) is mobbed after his equaliser

Harry Worley (second from right) is mobbed after his equaliser

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HARRY Worley has the ability to reinvent himself as a striker, according to fellow defender Michael Raynes.

The centre back came off the bench and was used as a makeshift centre forward on Saturday, grabbing a late equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw for Oxford United at Morecambe.

Few would have had the 24-year-old down as a potential saviour, but Raynes was not surprised.

A day earlier, the squad had trained at Bolton Wanderers and in a shooting drill, no-one scored more times than Worley.

Raynes said: “Maybe these things happen for a reason and it was a great call to get a last-minute goal.

“We had a shooting competition in training and literally every touch Harry had he scored. “He was frightening and he came on to get a great finish for a big man.”

Raynes has experience of seeing defenders turn themselves into target men and believes the former Chelsea trainee has what it takes.

He said: “You never know, it could be a change in career for him. “I’ve seen it in my time where centre halves playing with me go up front for a couple of games and score, then make a great career. “Matty McNeil did it when I was at Stockport and H (Worley) has all the ability to do that.

“You could see at the end when someone put a ball forward in the channel that he’s big and strong.

“He’s got everything to be a great centre forward, I’d certainly hate to play against him.”

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