Tuesday 6 December 2016

Shamrock Rovers to cast an eye over former Ireland striker Stephen Elliott

Published 18/01/2016 | 14:35

Stephen Elliott during a Republic of Ireland press conference in 2007. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ANI
Stephen Elliott during a Republic of Ireland press conference in 2007. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ANI

Pat Fenlon says that former Ireland international Stephen Elliott will be given an opportunity to prove his fitness at Shamrock Rovers, but there is no guarantee of a contract for the 32-year-old.

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Elliott last played a competitive game 15 months ago when he was at Carlisle as he has battled with a back injury since then. The former Sunderland man is back in his native Dublin and hooked up with Rovers last week when they began pre-season training, Elliott hoping to revive his career in Ireland.

Rovers have signed three ex-internationals in the last two years but two of them (Damien Duff and Keith Fahey) did not see out their contracts due to injury/fitness and the Hoops will continue to assess Elliott's fitness.

"Stephen is in training with us, but it's purely about him trying to get himself right," Fenlon says.

"His injury situation goes back a long time but we decided to bring him in and see how he does. He has dome some work with us, he's over an operation and has a bit of work to do. But he's a great player and he broke my heart a few times in Scotland, scoring for Hearts against Hibs when I was there, so I know what he's about and what he's capable of."

Elliott played Premier League football for Manchester City (2004) and went on to play for Sunderland, Wolves, Preston, Hearts, Coventry and Carlisle, also winning nine senior caps.

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