Here are Monday 3rd March's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Blackburn Rovers step up search for centre-back (Lancashire Telegraph): Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer will intensify his search for a centre-back after being left to sweat on the fitness of Grant Hanley and Matt Kilgallon ahead of their Sky Bet Championship derby game against Burnley this Sunday.

Watford midfielder Sean Murray named Republic of Ireland Under-21 Player of the Year (Watford Observer): Murray, who has been at Watford since the age of nine, has won the award ahead of fellow nominees Shane Duffy and Aiden O'Brien.

Roland Duchatelet - Charlton Athletic could sell stars to Standard Liege (BBC Late Kick Off London and the South East): New Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet says supporters must accept that their leading players could be sold to Standard Liege in the future.

Jamie Vardy had doubts he would make grade at Leicester City (Leicester Mercury): The £1 million signing from Fleetwood Town has admitted to having doubts over whether he would cut it at Championship level.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland calls for goalline technology (The Northern Echo): Owls goalie Chris Kirkland has called for goalline technology after admitting that a shot from Middlesbrough's Jacob Butterfield went over the line in his side's 1-0 win.

Nouha Dicko - Wolverhampton Wanderers' relegation transformed me (Express & Star): The 21-year-old has put his Sky Bet League 1 form this season down to the heartbreak of relegation from the Championship last season.

Aaron McLean's lean spell a worry for Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson (Telegraph and Argus): The misfiring Bantams striker, who replaced the void left by the departing Nahki Wells, is yet to score in eight games for the club.

Bristol City loanee Wade Elliott - I'd be very happy to stay (Bristol Post): Birmingham City's Elliott helped Bristol City beat Gillingham 2-1 to climb out of the League 1 relegation zone and revealed he wants to stay at Ashton Gate for the rest of this season.

Crawley Town's Paul Connolly hoping to earn long-term stay (Crawley Observer): Paul Connolly is desperate for a run in the side to prove he's worthy of a long-term deal at Crawley Town.

Norman Smurthwaite plays down Port Vale speculation (Stoke Sentinel): The Vale chairman has rubbished reports that he wants club legend Neil Aspin to replace Micky Adams as manager at Vale Park.

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says youngsters may get chance (BBC Radio Devon): Exeter boss Paul Tisdale says he may bring the club's youngsters into the first team as the Grecians continue to slide down the Sky Bet League 2 standings.

Kevan Hurst - why I stayed with Southend United (Southend Echo): Kevan Hurst committed his future to Southend United as he is certain the club are moving in the right direction, despite their loss of form.

Torquay United boss Chris Hargreaves to buy a drink for every fan who went to Hartlepool United (Torquay Herald Express): Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves has offered to buy a drink for every away fan who went to the defeat at Hartlepool, as part of a morale-boosting event this week.

Jim Bentley - Morecambe are in League Two relegation battle (BBC Radio Lancashire): Morecambe manager Jim Bentley admits Saturday's 5-0 loss to Plymouth has heightened relegation fears at the Globe Arena.

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