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Godfrey Poku in line for offer at AFC Telford

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AFC Telford United boss Liam Watson today hinted there's a deal on the table for Godfrey Poku as the trialist returns for the Middlesbrough friendly.

Poku joined up with the Bucks this week and played 71 minutes of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Wolves at the New Bucks Head.

The tough-tackling midfielder, along with a number of first-team players, was not involved as pre-season continued at Shawbury United last night, but he is coming back.

Watson will again run the rule over the 24-year-old when Championship side Boro bring their development squad to Shropshire tomorrow, with Poku a long-standing target.

The Telford manager pursued the player all last summer, only for him to end up seeing out the final year of his contract at Football League club Mansfield Town before his release.

Watson said: "He's got to make up his mind where he wants to be and, if he decides that's here, we will look to try and do something. If he comes in, it's even more competition for places.

"I know he will give us that bit of bite and strength in the middle of the park and he's an infectious character to have on the pitch."

The Bucks chief would take the size of his squad to 20 if Poku comes on board, with a fortnight to go until their Skrill Conference Premier opener at Welling United.

He said: "It's all building up to August 9 and no-one knows what the starting line-up is going to be, because I genuinely don't know myself.

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"You have to remember that, at the start of the season, games come thick and fast. I can't imagine starting the season and then picking the same team on the Tuesday at home to Macclesfield.

"We have a variety of options and there's not an area where he don't have genuine competition. I am happy with the strength of the squad we managed to put together."

The Boro friendly came about through Graeme Lee, who is on the coaching staff at the Teesiders. Watson also knows his Dad, Tony, from the non-league circuit.

He said: "I know Graeme is at Middlesbrough now and his Dad used to be a top non-league manager at Bishop Auckland. He's someone I have been friends with for a long time."

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