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Cheltenham boss Yates denies Waide Fairhurst is target

Waide Fairhurst
Fairhurst is a product of the Doncaster academy

Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates has denied that Doncaster striker Waide Fairhurst is his priority loan target.

The 22-year-old scored twice against the Robins last season while on loan at Hereford and has also spent time on loan at Southend and Shrewsbury.

Yates told BBC Gloucestershire: "He's a good player but he's not one I'm actively going after at this moment.

"We're trying to take one which should happen next week, and I'd like another so we've got a bit of competition."

Yates is still surprised by the calibre of player still without a club.

"I'm getting phone calls from players I never thought would be available.

"I took one today from a wide player I thought was sorted and wouldn't be on the radar. Realistically he would probably be a "no" but I've got to keep asking the chairman."

Cheltenham's next pre-season game is at Telford on Saturday but striker Ethan Moore and defender Steve Elliott will not be considered because of illness and injury respectively.

The Robins' manager says he will narrow down the number of trialists after the game.

"We've tried to get some young, hungry players and give them a fair crack of the whip" added Yates.

"We might take one, perhaps two, to Wales next week, but I have to move on with the squad."

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