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Forest Green sign defender Thorne

Dave Hockaday
Hockaday first spotted Thorne during his time coaching MK Dons

Forest Green have signed defender Oliver Thorne on non-contract terms.

The 19-year-old spent a year as a trainee at MK Dons and some time at the Glenn Hoddle academy, but has not been attached to a league club since 2007.

Rovers boss Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "He is big strong centre half, a leader, aggressive, decent on the ball.

"We've got him in to have a look at him - this could be his chance. He had a bad injury, but he's back fit now."

Hockaday added: "I've always kept my eye on him so we'll see how he goes."

Hockaday is also looking for a loan striker but may be able to call on fit-again David Brown for the trip to Barrow.

Brown spent three months at Barrow in 2008-09 and played in their FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.



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