AFC Telford United hopeful of Elliott Durrell deal
AFC Telford United are hopeful of landing star attacker Elliott Durrell after offering him a deal.
The ex-Hednesford Town, Wrexham and Chester schemer has featured on trial under boss Rob Edwards this summer, where he has impressed.
Durrell, 27, started his career with Telford and is based locally. He is a free agent after leaving National League side Chester, where he scored eight times in 42 starts.
He was one of several trialists in the Bucks’ 4-0 victory over Haughmond but did not feature against Villa on Tuesday.
“Elliott’s come in and done fantastically well,” said Edwards “He’s a player that we really like and at the moment I wouldn’t say either way where we’re at with it.
“What I’ll say is that we’ll be hopeful of something but the ball is now in his court.”
Durrell featured in the new Jamie Vardy V9 Academy this summer and is rumoured to have courted interest from other National League sides.
“I don’t know about his other options. We’ve offered a deal and he’s entitled to have a think.
“He’s been a top pro and really impressive when he’s been here. He’s a great lad around the place too in terms of his leadership and communication skills and is someone we’ll be really keen to get in.”
Meanwhile, boss Edwards will begin whittling his squad down to a manageable number following tomorrow’s clash with Wolves’ under-23s.
The plan was to offer each player, including trialists, opportunities in the games against Haughmond, Villa and Wolves.
“Every player has showed a really good attitude and I’ve been delighted with them so far,” added the ex-Molineux coach.
“On top of attitude and application we’re obviously looking for the quality.
“There was loads of pleasing things from everyone against Villa and things we need to work on. We learned about them and saw them in an environment with a decent crowd.”
The New Bucks Head chief is sparing no time at plotting a squad of 16 that will take to the field at York City on August 5.
“You’re always piecing a team together. You don’t stop, I was thinking about it at 2 o’clock in the morning!” Edwards said.
“That won’t stop. It’ll be happening hopefully for a long time to come.”