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Allen snaps up striker Denton

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: July 15, 2009

Striker Tom Denton is set to agree a long-term loan deal with Cheltenham Town

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CHELTENHAM TOWN boss Martin Allen has added giant striker Tom Denton to his squad and is hoping to bring in a left winger before the weekend.

Denton has arrived on a six-month loan deal from Huddersfield Town and will cost the cash-strapped Robins nothing.

The 6ft 5ins target man enjoyed an impressive debut in last night's friendly stalemate against Southampton.

"We don't have to pay any money to Huddersfield and they are doing me a favour," Allen said.

"He (Denton) will be a good asset to us. He won 10 out of his 11 headers and his set-up play was good. He now needs to work on getting into the box in scoring positions.

"He scored two in five games on loan at Woking last season. My bank manager is a Woking season ticket holder and I asked him and he said he did well, so he was our scout!"

Allen hinted that young left-sided player Jordan Tabor, released by Chelsea this summer, could also be signed free of charge.

"I had a call from Jordan's agent and he lives in Oxford and is willing to come and play here for a while for nothing," Allen said.

"We don't have any cover for our left-back, so it would be good value for money to take him to build the numbers up and he could be a good one for us."

He is now targeting a wide man from a Championship club to add balance to a squad that includes three right-footed wingers in Josh Low, David Hutton and Marley Watkins.

"We are short of a left- footed player in terms of set plays and crosses and I am working on that," he said.

"I think I have come to an agreement with a Championship club to have him on the cheap and hopefully he will be in by the weekend."

Talks are ongoing with Julian Alsop, who looks set to join on non-contract forms after five years out of the professional game.

"We are a little bit apart on the figures and it is only a part-time thing, but I think he would be an asset and good for our young players," Allen said.

Allen is keen on trialist Michael Pook, released by Swindon, but may not be able to afford to sign the midfielder.

He praised his team for their performance against Southampton as their preparations for the new League Two season begin to gather pace.

"It was an excellent workout and there were a lot of positives to come from the game," Allen said.

"We look fitter, we kept a clean sheet and we didn't pick up any injuries."

Cheltenham take on Bristol City at home on Saturday in their next friendly (3pm).

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    Richard lll, Cheltenham  |  July 16 2009, 8:28AM

    Vincent - I wouldn't put your injury-prone goalie in against Hayles + Alsop - you might just have to brick the goal up - but Alsop will just head-butt through it anyway!

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    Vincent, Hereford  |  July 16 2009, 4:31AM

    I see Cheltenham are shaping up to play the beautiful game again this season! Never mind, I'm sure him and Alsop can carry at least 4 wheelie bins between them. Cheltenham Borough Council FC will be pleased.

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    benny, b.cleeve  |  July 15 2009, 3:31PM

    forget the friendlies d.dog they mean nothing when i see you away at morecombe.darlington and grimsby then perhaps you can introduce yourself !!

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    Tarquin, Voice of CTFC  |  July 15 2009, 3:28PM

    Richard always on board but sometimes row in a different direction

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    diesledog, paddock  |  July 15 2009, 2:13PM

    Thats funny benny, I went on the same web site and even though Stewert Henderson was trying to gloss it over, you could read between the lines and realise that he was happy to come out of Cheltehamshire with just a draw. Also their breakdown of the minutes will show that CTFC had the majority of the game AND chances, but no where does it say it was a dour game with little class. Anyway it doesn't need anyone to go on oppositions web sites to see reports on how we performed, if you were actually at WR!!!? Sadly it sounds like you weren't.

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    benny, cheltenhamshire  |  July 15 2009, 1:36PM

    calm down it was only a friendly against s/hampton whos website described it as an awful dour game with little class!! and now we are apparently a "top 8 team mmm!!

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    charlie, b.cleeve  |  July 15 2009, 1:32PM

    i agree give the lad a chance if he does well though will we sign him or loose him?, the only thing that does irritate me slightly is the manager saying they did it for him as a favour rather than they did it for the club but i suppose it feeds his ego!!

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    alf hart, windsor  |  July 15 2009, 12:41PM

    Said it last season and will say it again. Low is better playing down the centre of the park. He is not a 'winger'. I think he has enough football in him for div. 2. I agree with the positive comments.

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    Richard lll, Cheltenham  |  July 15 2009, 12:34PM

    I do indeed agree Tarquin - nice to have on board!

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    Tarquin, Voice of CTFC  |  July 15 2009, 12:30PM

    Richard I haven't changed my mind but we've got what we've got and now we have got to get behind the team and support them. Do you agree!