EX-ENGLAND international and FA cup winner David Unsworth today joined Town on trial.
As manager Stan Ternent completed the club’s £250,000 capture of Gary Roberts from Ipswich on a two-year deal, the 34-year-old Unsworth joined his League I squad for training.
With Burnley last season, Unsworth Šcould well play in a behind-closed-doors match tomorrow. Town face one of his old clubs, Sheffield United, at the Galpharm on Saturday (noon).
Ternent has high hopes for the 24-year-old Roberts (pictured inset) and explained why he wants to check on Unsworth, who has one England cap and won the Cup with Everton in 1995.
“Robbo is an extremely good player who prefers to operate on the lefthand side, so he will give us width and good quality,” said Ternent.
“He can also play with a striker or on the right, so he provides us with options and is hopefully another part of the jigsaw.
“He is a talented lad, he can score goals and he’s a forward-going player who I have been after for quite a while, so I’m delighted to have got him. I must thank the board for backing me on this one because we have had to pay a fee, so it’s quite a big thing for Šthe club. But the ideaŠ is to be competitive and Robbo will help us achieve that.”
A £220,000 buy for Ipswich two years ago, Roberts will have squad No20 and seems certain to make his bow in front of the Town fans on Saturday, just a week before the League I opener against Stockport.
Unsworth, meanwhile, played 32 times for Burnley last season and has over 500 career appearances to his name. He is remembered recently for the penalty which kept Wigan up and relegated Sheffield United.
“We are going to have a look at David because he can play left-back or left-side centre-back and he is very experienced,” added Ternent, who has yet to decide on trial duo Paul Gerrard and Tony Grant.
“If I feel he can help us get to where we need to be then I’ll do something about it, but until I see him in action then I’m not just 100%, but I know he’s a fantastic lad, he’s been an extremely good player and hopefully he still is.”
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