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14th July 2002 22:15


Former Leeds United midfielder Scott Sellars has joined Conference club Kettering Town for pre-season training.

The midfielder spent eight months alongside player-manager Carl Shutt at Elland Road, and Shutt admits he is someone he would like to add to his playing staff. "It's very early days yet," he confessed. "But he would obviously be a great asset to the club.

"He looks quality in training. He has done a few things, a few tricks, that were different class. I know he enjoyed it and I think the lads enjoyed playing with him. I think everyone was impressed.

"He had a look around the club and was happy with what he saw and it gave us the chance to have a chat.

"At the moment it helps us and it helps him to come training. It gives us an extra body and it will help him fitness-wise.

"But his record speaks for itself and anyone who saw him play in the Masters competition a couple of weeks ago will know he's still a very good player. Having said that reputations count for 'diddly' and everyone has to prove themselves."

Sellars (pictured), who will be 37 in November, would certainly bring vast experience to the club but would also give different dimensions to the playing formation according to Shutt.

"I think if we managed to sign him his ability would allow various permutations," Shutt explained. "He could play on the left allowing Shaun Murray inside or he could replace Peter Fear and give Niall Inman a wide spot. It would open up different options to us.

"But as I say, things are in a very early stage. We don't want to run before we can walk and Scott needs to have a look around and see whether he likes it here and find out what other options are available to him while we need to see him in action."

Graham Turner, manager of Conference club Hereford United, had hoped to sign
two former internationals to add to his depleted squad, but after training
with the Bulls, both have decided to look elsewhere.

Former Republic of Ireland international striker David Kelly would have been
Turner's highest-profile signing of the summer, but the much-travelled
ex-Wolves, Sheffield United and Sunderland star, who helped Mansfield win
promotion last season, decided the travelling to and from his Birmimgham home
would be too much for him.

It was a similar tale with midfielder Wayne Phillips. The former Wales 'B'
international, freed by Wrexham at the end of last season, said the journey
from North Wales would prove too far and he now looks likely to move into the
League of Wales, with Bangor City his most likely venue.

However, Turner is assessing two other possible signings during pre-season
training and friendlies.

Twenty-one-year-old Danny Williams (pictured) featured in 28 games for
Chesterfield last season and has been impressive at Edgar Street so far, as
has 20-year-old midfielder Ashley Nicholls, who was freed by Ipswich Town


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