Jan 17 2013 By Matt Lewis
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MICHAEL Thalassitis is set to return to Hayes and Yeading on loan from Stevenage this week.
A deal for the striker is understood to be in place and Thalassitis could make his second United debut when he turns 20 this Saturday.
The Cypriot youth international proved an instant hit at Kingfield in the Blue Square Premier under Hayes and Yeading boss Nas Bashir last term.
Boro manager Gary Smith recalled him from his loan stint early after the teenager struck three times in five games to endear himself to the United faithful.
The fans will be hoping for more of the same, starting with this weekend’s trip to Eastbourne, where Thalassitis will be looking for a birthday goal.
Thalassitis was briefly loaned out to Cambridge United in September 2012 and he joined Rod Stringer’s Bishop’s Stortford two months later.
Bashir turned to the frontman after seeing a loan move for another of his marksmen from last season, Tom Collins, break down after Stockport had a change of heart.
While the deal is only believed to be for an initial month, United sources remained confident the hotshot would be granted permission to stay for the rest of the campaign.
Jamie Hand’s loan spell from Mansfield Town has been arranged under a similar understanding, with Hayes and Yeading hopeful he can see out the season at Kingfield.
Meanwhile, George McCluskey has gone back to League Two Barnet after a disappointing spell under Bashir but his club-mate Jamal Lowe remains.
United’s management are yet to decide whether to retain the services of the Bees hitman who has impressed in recent weeks when coming off the bench.
They have however made an approach for Marlow’s Ben Gladwin, who failed to force his way into the Hayes and Yeading first-team last season, to bolster their front line.
A versatile defender, able to play on either flank, is also on Bashir’s shopping list as he prepares to mount a serious Blue Square South play-off push.