Acquiring prolific forwards from non-league football has become something of a trend in the Football League in recent years, and Stevenage are no exception to this growing practice.
Boro picked up striker Matt Godden from recently promoted Ebbsfleet United, and the Canterbury born forward excelled in the fourth tier notching an impressive 20 goals in only 33 league appearances.
Godden signed a new two year contract with Stevenage in December following an impressive start to the season, and the club will look to hold onto their prized asset this summer to launch another bid for play off football next year.
Godden’s goalscoring exploits will not go unnoticed however, and clubs higher up the football pyramid are sure to be keeping tabs on the player’s availability.
One club who will be in the market for a new forward man are Millwall, who enjoyed play off success at Wembley having defeated Bradford City at the home of football last month.
Millwall relied heavily on the prowess of Lee Gregory and the willingness of evergreen striker Steve Morison in their successful campaign, and manager Neil Harris will look to bolster his attacking options this summer.
Godden could be the man to take up the mantle, having impressed since his move to league football.
If Godden does make the move to east London, there will be whispers of a Jamie Vardy style rise, as there always are when a non-league striker forces his way up the divisions.
The Scunthorpe academy graduate has proven himself in League Two, and could certainly do a job in the Championship if afforded the opportunity to do so.
Godden is young at 25, and spending time working with Gregory and the experienced Morison would do wonders for his growing career prospects.
If a move does materialise, then Stevenage will command a respectable fee for the player, but this will not prove a stumbling block to The Lions.
Harris needs to improve his squad this summer to keep his side afloat in an extremely tough Championship division, and adding a player of Godden’s goalscoring prowess could prove the difference between survival and an instant return to the third tier.