AFC Telford boss confirms interest in signing duo

AFC Telford United manager Mark Cooper has confirmed his interest in signing Grimsby striker Greg Pearson and former Rochdale midfielder Ian Craney.

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The emergency loan window re-opens for Football League and Blue Square Premier sides later this week and Pearson could be borrowed from Blundell Park.

And Cooper is hopeful of bringing in Craney, who is unattached and not bound by the window, in time for Saturday's trip to league leaders Grimsby.

When asked about reports linking the club to both, Cooper admitted they were two players that had been spoken to.

He added: "Pearson, if he did want to come, wouldn't be able to play on Saturday because, obviously, he is at Grimsby.

"But the other one we might be able to get in before the weekend."

Cooper has previously spoken of the need to bring in a couple of players with leadership qualities, as well as to improve the team's creativity in and around the box.

Both Pearson, 27, and Craney, 30, would appear to fit the bill, having extensive experience playing in the Football League.

Pearson, who joined the Mariners in the summer, is one of a trio of players - including fellow striker Anthony Elding and midfielder Frankie Artus - thought to be available for loan and permanent deals last month.

And Pearson, who was on Coventry and then West Ham's books as a youth, has scored 89 competitive goals in a nine-year senior career, including two for Grimsby earlier this season.

Craney, who began his senior career at Altrincham, left Rochdale last month after a six-month spell with the Spotland club and is currently a free agent, having once been a £150,000 signing for Swansea in 2007.

He has scored 87 senior competitive goals, the bulk of which came in a six-year period from 2001-07 when with Altrincham and then Accrington Stanley, before later moves to the Swans and Huddersfield.

Meanwhile, club supporters are appealing for fans to come forward with old programmes, photos and memorabilia of times gone by as part of a project to raise awareness about dementia in the borough.

Keepsakes from AFC Telford's brief history - as well as memorabilia involving their now-defunct predecessors Wellington Town, Telford Town and Telford United - are wanted.

They hope to build a set of resources that can be used to help unearth lost memories between friends, family and carers who look after people with dementia.

The project will be launched on March 30, to coincide with the Bucks' home game against Nuneaton. A ‘Pop-up museum’ will be created in the Learning Centre at the ground.

To share a piece of memorabilia, e-mail p.jackson@tust.co.uk or tweet using #BucksFM.