Fleetwood in £100,000 striker swoop

David Ball
David Ball

MICKY Mellon and his Fleetwood Town squad are settling into their first full day at their Austrian training base, but the manager hasn’t lost touch with transfer activity back home.

The Gazette understands that the Peterborough striker David Ball is a Town target and national newspaper reports claim the Highbury club are poised to make a £100,000 swoop for the 22-year-old.

Mellon has stated his desire to sign one or two more attacking players ahead of the club’s debut season in the Football League and Ball’s signature would be another major coup.

Having started his career at Manchester City, Ball joined Posh 18 months ago and has scored nine goals in 41 games.

He made 22 appearances in the Championship last season, one of them in the 2-1 defeat at Blackpool last August. Four of his ten goals last term were scored during a loan spell at Rochdale.

The Town squad has changed considerably in the two years since they last spent a week doing alpine fitness work in the Austrian Tyrol.

Full-back Shaun Beeley is among those who experienced the 2010 trip and so could inform his team-mates of what lay in store before they flew out yesterday.

Beeley explained: “Austria is brilliant. It’s hard work, with the early mornings and high altitude, but hopefully it will beneifit the lads and give us a better standing for the season.

“But it isn’t all running. It’s a chance for the lads to get together for a laugh and a joke.

“Hopefully we’ll do the cable car again. It was really nice weather last time and hopefully it will be again.”

The 23-year-old is eagerly looking forward to his fourth season with the club and to getting fully fit after a double hernia operation.

Beeley (left) added: “I needed a couple of weeks’ rest after that, but I do get fit and don’t worry too much about that side. There’s always room for improvement and that’s what this time of year is for.

“It’s good to be in the Football League and hopefully we’ll keep moving up the leagues.

“I have to try to avoid injuries, and with the group of lads we’ve got it should be an exciting season. Training has started off tough, like last year. I’m expecting the same again and so are the lads.”