IVORIAN winger Anthony Moura-Komenan is still training with Town as he attempts to land a Galpharm contract.
The 23-year-old Olympian played in Tuesday’s reserve clash with Middlesbrough and will work with Lee Clark’s squad as they prepare for Sunday’s big League I derby at Oldham Athletic (2.00).
The manager is also keeping close tabs on returning midfielder Tom Clarke as the Boundary Park trip looms.
But striker Robbie Simpson is still not ready to make a comeback as he fights to recover fully from a thigh problem.
Moura-Komenan, a free agent after parting company with French club AC Ajaccio, produced a busy 85 minutes in the totesport.com League clash at Emley.
And according to Clark, who brought the player in after a tip-off from old Newcastle teammate Antoine Sibierski, he’s been eager to impress on the training ground as well.
“Anthony hasn’t played a huge amount of football this season, so it was inevitable he would tire a little towards the end of the reserve match,” said Clark.
“But he certainly caught the eye with his technical ability and workrate, and his enthusiasm has also come across in training.
“He has an excellent pedigree in terms of where he’s played previously, and we will continue to look at him in training today and tomorrow.”
Versatile Clarke, who shone in the early stages of the season before undergoing knee surgery, has been back in full training since Tuesday and shown no adverse reaction.
But Simpson is still struggling to train at 100% levels and will be given further treatment as he misses a third game in succession.