HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling hopes to sign a striker before Saturday's FA Trophy match against Leamington.

The departure of Lenell John-Lewis to Grimsby has left the Bulls without a natural striker for the fifth round tie.

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"You are speaking to players and asking them to come and commit to the football club and we don't know if there is going to be a season or not," said Gowling.

"Basically we're asking players to come and commit to the furlough scheme, which isn't great.

"We're talking to players and had players in mind. We wanted to add with Lenell (John-Lewis).

"Now he has gone we've had to shift that slightly and look at a different type of striker to get in and then add another one to that.

"We're looking all the time and hopefully we can get something sorted before the weekend."

Gowling has ruled out any loan dealings due to the uncertainty regarding the continuation of the league season.

"If we get a loan it's going to have to be for a month so if the season ends after Saturday or continues in the FA Trophy then we've got to pay someone a months wages when we're not going to use them," Gowling added.

"We will be looking at free agents."