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AFC Telford close to landing long-term target Godfrey Poku

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AFC Telford boss Liam Watson expects to sign Mansfield midfielder Godfrey Poku within the next 24 hours.

The Bucks chief has been working to bring in Poku on a season-long loan for more than two months.

And Watson, who watched his side draw 2-2 at home to Chester last night, is now confident that the deal should be completed.

He said: "Godfrey Poku was at the game last night and I would have thought that the deal will be done in the next 24 hours."

Watson said that the arrival of the 23-year-old ex-Luton man would add a physical presence in the middle of the park as well as competition for places.

"It will give us more of a threat and more of a presence in the middle of the pitch," said Watson.

"It has been obvious for the last couple of games that we do need a presence in there. It is alright at Telford getting the ball down on a nice pitch, but there are going to be times going to other places where it is not going to be a nice pitch and you have got to dig in.

"One thing we do know from Godfrey is he will dig in as much as anyone.

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"And it is throwing down the gauntlet to all the players because, come the first day of the season, I want to be at stage where I don't know who's going to play."

Meanwhile, Watson was pleased with his team's fightback against Chester at the New Bucks Head last night.

The Bucks battled back from 2-0 down with late goals from Andy Owens and Mike Phenix to net a draw.

But he said that the team must improve defensively after they conceded two poor goals.

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"We showed a little bit of character to come back," he said. "But we need to work on making sure that we don't concede.

"If we don't concede we have got options on the pitch and on the bench which can win us games."

Telford host West Bromwich Albion in their penultimate pre-season fixture on Saturday before finishing the schedule at home to Bangor the following weekend.

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