Adkins reveals interest in Le Fondre and Zebrowski
03 September 2010 06:55
The Torquay United forward Chris Zebrowski and Rotherham's Adam Le Fondre are two forwards Nigel Adkins, the Scunthorpe manager, considered moves for this summer. Adkins had to replace his front pairing of Paul Hayes and Gary Hooper in the summer, eventually settling for the signing of Chris Dagnall on a free transfer from Rochdale and Bobby Grant from Accrington Stanley for a fee believed to be £240,000. With Jonathan Forte being given his chance in the first-team, the club can also count on Matthew Godden - a product of the club's youth system - and Garry Thompson as forward options. Le Fondre already has six goals to his name, in addition to 30 last season, catching the eye of Adkins. "He's a goalscorer. Roger Wylde, the physio at Stockport told me years ago that they had a good young kid who scores goals, he's gone on and done well at Rochdale and scored goals," he told the Football League Weekend show on Sky Sports. "We've watched him on several occasions. as we've thought players might move on from our club. I went to watch him last year. I watched him against Rochdale, we actually took Dagnall from them but it is fair to say I was watching both of them on the night. [The Rotherham manager] Ronnie Moore is going to try hard to keep him, but if he works hard he will get rewards." Adkins also said that Lee Turnbull, the club's head scout, travelled down to Torquay to watch Chris Zebrowski. Although the club did not make formal bids for either of these players, there is every chance they could become targets again in the January transfer window or next summer. Adkins praised the club's scouting system, highlighting the scouting system that has seen the club constantly dig out impressive young forwards. "We're forever out there looking for someone to replace players who move on," he added. "We knew we were going to lose Billy Sharp and brought Martin Paterson in, who has done ever so well. When that was happening we were thinking he could move on - he got a big money move to Burnley - so we tracked Gary Hooper. "We now have Chris Dagnall, but before all that we brought Jonathan Forte. He never quite got the opportunity, but now he's the number one striker and he's been exceptional this season."