Hall Deal Almost Over The Line
Manager Mark Yates has revealed that a deal for former Leeds United striker Ryan Hall is almost over the line now, we just have to sort out finances.
There has been some speculation about a deal for Hall the last few days and talks have progressed well between both parties so far, and all that remains to be sorted are the financial aspects of the package, and Yates will have, or has met Chairman Paul Baker this morning to see exactly what we can do in this regard.
Hall can play either on the wing or down the middle and is without a club following his release by Leeds last November. His fitness and sharpness won't be too bad though as he's kept himself fit and has been turning our for Bromley in the Skrill South division whilst he searched for a way back into League Football.
The 26 year old started his career at Crystal Palace back in 2005 and has since gone on to play for Dagenham and Redbridge, Crawley, Bromley, Southend and Leeds (returning to Bromley).
In his career so far he has made 98 starting appearances with a further 38 from the bench and has scored 27 times.
His last match for Leeds came back in October, and he did only make five appearances for them this season.
Speaking to the Western Daily Press Yates did explain that he did not expect any deal - should it be done - to go through before tomorrow's game against Accrington Stanley but he remained confident an agreement could be made.
'There's not much more I can say at the moment, but he'll be keen to come so hopefully we can get something done. He is one of a couple we are pursuing and I am meeting with the Chairman to establish where we are.'
Yates goes on to say that the Chairman has always welcomed being pushed for funds, as long as it was done within the wider understanding of the finances at the club, but having recently sold Keith Lowe and Russ Penn to York City, not only do we have some extra cash, but also our wage bill would've dropped - so in the case of free agent Hall - he'd be very surprised if nothing came of it.
'We have a couple of things bubbling away, but not for Saturday. I only let Keith and Russ go on the proviso that I could reinvest and I don't see why they board wouldn't be true to their word.'
Adding that he hopes to complete business next week, so it's not a mad rush at the end of the month, and although we won't be splashing cash around, he feels for the right move some will be there for him.
Cheltenham also continue to have Ben Brown on trial with us, and he will continue to train and is set to play another training ground friendly next week after impressing in the Newport win, and then Yates will probably make his decision.