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Tis confirms two strikers on trial with Exeter City

2 July 2015

Manager looking at duo of forwards

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has confirmed that forwards Will Hoskins and Alex Fisher are both on trial with the Grecians, and are currently training with the first-team squad.

The City squad returned to training at the Cat & Fiddle on Monday as preparations begin for the new campaign, and the duo of front-men are amongst those in training.

Nottingham-born Hoskins, 29, was released from Oxford United in May after a single season at the Kassam Stadium.

The forward was on the books at Rotherham United and Watford before he joined Bristol Rovers in 2010 – and after netting 17 times for the Gas in his sole season, he was signed by Brighton & Hove Albion where he spent three seasons.  Injury limited his game-time with the U's last season.

Meanwhile Fisher, who turned 25 on Tuesday, spent the most recent campaign with Mansfield Town.  The striker spent a total of 12 years with Oxford United as an academy player and a pro, before spending five years on the continent.

The forward’s first move abroad was to Spain, where he represented Jerez, before spending three years in Belgium with KVK Tienen, KRC Mechelen and KSK Heist.  He spent the 2013/14 season in Italy with AC Monza – linking up with former Grecian Myles Anderson – before moving to Field Mill in 2014.

“Alex has been in with us this week so we can have a look at him,” said Tis.  “If he doesn’t come to Scotland with us, then we’ll be inviting him back in afterwards.

“He has played quite a bit of football abroad and he was part of the Glenn Hoddle Soccer School.  He seems a very likeable chap and has got a good touch; he’s a lead-the-front-line type of striker that plays at the top of the field, and it’s so far so good.

“Will has left Oxford and he’ll be training with us for a couple of weeks, and then we’ll see.  He has had an injury-affected couple of years and we need to see him train, but hopefully that will turn into something.

“We tried really hard to sign him in the past, but he was a cherry-pick that we didn’t get, and he ended up having a very good year with Bristol Rovers before being sold to Brighton.  So I’ve gone through the process of looking at his game before.

“We are optimistic about it – if we can get good value and give someone an opportunity then everyone is a winner.”

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