Elding set for debut in Athlone friendly

Published 19/02/2013 | 05:40

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The on-off transfer saga surrounding former Grimsby Town striker, Anthony Elding, appears to have been resolved.

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The 30-year-old front man is expected to arrive back in Sligo this week and could be included in Rovers' squad for Friday's pre-season friendly in Athlone.

The deal seemed to have gone off the rails last week when the player and his family returned to England after spending a few days in Sligo.

However Rovers boss, Ian Baraclough, confirmed to The Sligo Champion that Elding had signed a contract with Rovers and would be joining up with the squad this week.

"Anthony returned to England last week for family reasons but he's signed for the club and we're looking forward to having him with us.

"He's returning to Sligo in the next few days and the hope is that he will be in our squad for Friday's game against Athlone," said Baraclough

The much-travelled Elding will add badly-needed firepower to Rovers panel as it looks increasingly likely that Danny North will be out of action for a further couple of months.

Meanwhile, Danny Ventre is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture.

Although last season's League-winning captain is training with the Bit O'Red, the club has confirmed that a contract has yet to be signed.

"Everything is agreed with Danny and he wants to be with us," explained Baraclough.

"But he has an ongoing injury and the club just wants to make sure that everything is fine for the future in that regard," he added.

It's hoped that Ventre will be available for duty within a few weeks, although he might not be fit for the start of the new League campaign against Derry City on March 8th.

But there is better news concerning midfielder, Joseph Ndo.

He hasn't featured in any of the pre-season games after sustaining a knock in training but he should be back to full fitness by the time the League gets under way.

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