Striker snub for Rovers

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Bristol Rovers look to have missed out on signing former Northampton striker Marc Richards.

The hit-man, 23, had been training with the League Two outfit for the past few weeks having been handed a free transfer by Northampton at the end of last season.

Rovers boss Ian Atkins was impressed by Richards and was looking to try and put together a deal to keep him at The Memorial Ground.

However, the striker has now been offered the chance of a trial with a club in a higher league and has turned his back on Rovers as a result.

"Marc trained with us for two or three weeks and played in a couple of pre-season games, but was then offered the chance of a trial with a club at a higher level, and another in our division," a Rovers spokesperson explained.

"Ian would have liked to sign him, but he would have had to ship a couple of players out first, so he did not offer him a deal."

One striker that has left The Pirates is Lewis Haldane, who has joined Conference club Forest Green Rovers on a month's loan.

Meanwhile, Rovers boss Ian Atkins has strengthened his backroom staff with the addition of midfielder Paul Trollope, while former Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town custodian Steve Book is the club's new goalkeeping coach.