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|EYRE FOR BRIGG
David McLean, manager of UniBond League Division One club Brigg Town, has revealed that former Scunthorpe United forward John Eyre could be on his way to The Hawthorns.
The 31-year-old is set to join the Zebras for pre-season training and McLean is ready to offer him a deal to lead his side's promotion charge next season. "I have spoken to him and he wants to come and train with us," he said.
"I am confident he could be the difference between finishing just outside the play-offs like we did last season and promotion."
Eyre (pictured) made 199 appearances for the Iron in a four-and-a-half spell at Glanford Park, scoring 58 goals.
He walked out on United in 1999, shortly after they won promotion to Division Three in the play-off final against Leyton Orient at Wembley, to join Hull City.
He spent two years with the Tigers, scoring 19 goals in 67 appearances, before he went to Oldham on a free transfer.
Eyre made 138 appearances for the Latics in nearly four years at Boundary Park, scoring 17 goals.
He was released in May 2005 and was forced to retire with a back injury.
But he came out of retirement to play for UniBond Premier side North Ferriby United last season.
Eyre is not the only ex-Iron McLean has in the fire.
The Zebras manager has also revealed ex-Scunthorpe midfielder John Borland has also been training with Brigg.
Borland made just two substitute appearances for the Iron in nine months at Glanford Park.
McLean has also been taking a close look at 19-year-old striker Andy Ward, younger brother of Zebras defender Ian, who was released from Grimsby Town at the end of last season, and Nathan Ireland, who left Doncaster Rovers in the summer.
Brigg kick off their season at Gresley Rovers on August 19th and McLean admits it is the toughest start his side could have been given.
The Derbyshire side reached the play-offs last season.
"It is going to be extremely difficult, probably the toughest start we could have got," he said.
"But I would rather have it like that. I want to play the best teams in the league at the start when we are fresh.
"If we can go there and get a good result it will set us up for the rest of the season and give us confidence we can beat good teams."
The Zebras face Bridlington Town in their first league game of the season at The Hawthorns. "I expect three points against them. We have to win as many games as we can at home and then try and get as many points as we can away," added McLean.
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