STALYBRIDGE Celtic are close to completing a deal to sign Frickley Athletic defender Kelvin Bleau.
The Blue Square Bet North side have already had a £2,000 bid turned down by the South Elmsall side but Blues boss Karl Rose says an agreement is “just about there” and expects the full-back to leave Westfield Lane.
“I think he’ll be a Stalybridge player soon,” Rose said.
“We dismissed a bid of £2,000 from them two weeks ago but we wanted £5,000 and I think we’re just about there in agreeing a deal.”
Bleau signed in the summer of 2011 after spells with Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town and Huddersfield Town.
Rose is hopeful of bringing a player in to the club, however, in the shape of Andrew McCormick, one of three players from Doncaster Rovers who played in Frickey’s 4-0 friendly win over Garforth Town last Friday.
Jon Maxted and Paddy Mullen were the other two but Rose will only be offering a deal to McCormick.
“I’ll have a chat with him at training and hopefully we can come to an arrangement,” he said.
“Paddy Mullen did well for us but he just doesn’t fit into our system. We tried him at wing-back but he’s an out-and-out winger and it was a case of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
“Jon didn’t have much to do in goal and we’re blessed with goalkeepers anyway so we won’t be following that up.”
See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for a preview of Frickley’s league opener at Hednesford Town on Saturday.