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Rob Edwards rules out AFC Telford swoop for former Wolves star Joleon Lescott

By Joe Edwards | AFC Telford United | Published:

AFC Telford United boss Rob Edwards has ruled out signing ex-England international Joleon Lescott – while a deal for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake seems unlikely.

The former Wolves duo, who are both free agents, have recently trained with the Bucks.

Edwards played with both of them at Molineux and is happy to help out his friends as they aim to build their fitness, but insists there is nothing more to it than that.

“Sylvan did not train with us yesterday and it’s not far down the line,” he said.

“He has trained and that is all it is at the moment, helping out a friend. “Joleon trained with us twice and that is it really, nothing will happen there.”

Lescott, aged 35, won the Premier League title twice with Manchester City and was released by Sunderland at the end of last season.

Ebanks-Blake, 31, had a short spell on loan at Shrewsbury Town last term before being let go by Chesterfield.

Edwards did confirm that Wolves loanee Aaron Simpson is back in full training with Telford.

The 20-year-old has not played for the Bucks since limping off with a hamstring injury in the 3-2 National North loss to Blyth Spartans on September 2.

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Simpson, who Edwards worked with during his time as a coach at Molineux, has made eight appearances for Telford in National League North.

He went on Wolves’ pre-season tour of Austria during the summer, had a loan spell at Portsmouth last season and used to play for Maidstone United.

“Aaron trained yesterday and it’s good to have him back with the group,” said Edwards.

“He trained with the rest of the players, did the full session, and is fully fit to work with us again which is obviously good news.”

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Meanwhile, Edwards has praised Shane Sutton for leading by example as they won 2-1 against Boston United on Saturday.

The skipper scored his fist goal for the club to put them ahead before his own goal, with Anthony Dwyer sealing the victory with a sublime strike.

A big part of seeing out the win was Sutton’s showing, up against a physical Pilgrims frontline, and Edwards added: “I was delighted with Shane, and all of the lads.

“It was great for him to get a goal as you don’t get many of them as a defender.”

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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