Rochdale test for Goodwillie

David Goodwillie caught the eye against Forest.
David Goodwillie caught the eye against Forest.
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David Goodwillie will step up his quest for match fitness by playing in a behind-closed-doors match against Rochdale today.

The striker impressed during a 25-minute run-out against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, his second substitute appearance since last month’s loan move from Blackburn.

The 24-year-old is yet to start for the Seasiders but is getting closer to full match fitness.

And Barry Ferguson is convinced he will become a top player for the club.

“I’ve known Goodie since he was a kid at Dundee United,” said the stand-in boss. He’s got quality and that’s why Blackburn spent so much on him.

“When he arrived he wasn’t fully fit but he’s knuckled down on the training ground.

“He played in a practice game last week and he’ll play in another on Tuesday.

“You saw his qualities on Saturday and when he’s fully fit he’ll be a major player for us.”

Goodwillie will team up with Michael Chopra, Elliot Grandin and Nathan Tyson this afternoon, when Ferguson will take another look at Freddy Adu.

The USA international has spent the last 10 days training with the Seasiders and a decision on whether he will be offered a contract at Bloomfield Road is expected this week.