Magpies take Bowditch on trial

McParland keen to see if striker merits a contract

Bowditch: Training with Magpies

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Notts County have offered former Ipswich Town striker Dean Bowditch the chance to earn a contract at Meadow Lane.

Bowditch was released by Ipswich boss Roy Keane at the end of last season and is on the look-out for a new club.

He has been a long-term target for Magpies manager Ian McParland and spent a spell on loan in League Two last term with Brentford.

McParland told the club's official website: "We monitored Dean last season, but for one reason or another we didn't manage to bring him here.

"He is looking to get himself settled and get his career up and running again and we're only too pleased to offer him the chance here.

"Dean has a lot of good attributes and perhaps in recent years he hasn't fulfilled his potential he had as a youngster.

"We'll have a good look at him and see where it takes us, but the ball is firmly in his court."

The Magpies also currently have Chris Sharp and John Irving on trial, and have offered a contract to former West Brom striker Lee Hughes.