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Keeper Glyn is on City radar
1:00pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City have been linked to a possible move for former Newport County goalkeeper Glyn Thompson.
Reports in south Wales claim the 31-year-old is a target for the St George’s Lane club following his release from Rodney Parade.
City already have two keepers on their books — James Dormand and Matt Sargeant — but are thought to be keeping tabs on the player.
Thompson is vastly experienced in non-league having spent five years at County, being part of their team that won promotion from Blue Square Bet South with a record points tally in 2010.
He was sidelined last summer and told to stay away from the Blue Square Bet Premier club because he did not want to sign full-time, but returned to feature against York City in May’s FA Trophy final at Wembley, a match Newport lost 2-0.
Thompson, who has also been on the books of Hereford United and Shrewsbury Town, was also a County team-mate of left-back Lee Baker, who is currently training with City.
Baker is one of several left-backs trying to earn a deal for the 2012-13 campaign, with ex-Gainsborough Trinity player Kevin Sandwith and Shabir Khan also reporting for pre-season training. They have been joined by other new faces keen to make an impression on manager Carl Heeley as he continues to shape his squad for another assualt on the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.
Right-back Kyle Haynes and centre-half Sam Brookes are the latest players to have been given a chance to prove their worth.
Haynes was on Cheltenham Town’s books between 2009 and 2011 but was farmed out on loan to Gloucester City, Salisbury and Hednesford Town.
The 20-year-old, who started his career at Birmingham City, joined Hednesford permanently last November, when deemed surplus to requirements at Whaddon Road, but is now looking for a new club after being released.
Defender Brookes, 22, is a free agent having previously had spells with Port Vale and Walsall.
City will continue to run the rule over them ahead of the first warm-up match against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, July 17.
Heeley said of pre-season to date: “It’s going very well. We have had good numbers and lots of options.”