Overseas ace in for Boro

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Scarborough Athletic could field a new overseas ace when they do battle with landlords Bridlington Town at Queensgate on Saturday afternoon, 3pm.

An Egyptian left-sided player has been training with Rudy Funk’s men and he will be keen to make an impression on the Boro coaching staff.

Funk said: “He can play anywhere down the left side and he has good pedigree because he has played in the Egyptian League.

“We will be having a look at him and then we’ll see what happens.”

Funk will once again have a selection headache with a full-strength squad of players and, with pre-season ticking on, he is keen to look towards the Evo-Stik North opener at Salford City.

“It is definitely a headache for me because everyone is available,” added Funk.

“We will be fielding a strong side, but it won’t be the finished article.

“We only have three friendlies remaining, so it is getting to the point that we’ll be making our final decisions.

“The players have worked tirelessly in pre-season, they have been at it from day one.

“Around 90 per cent of the team has already picked itself, but there is still time for lads to impress.”

Brid boss Gary Allanson is full of praise for the work Funk has done since he took the role at Bor.

He said: “We have two games left, firstly against Scarborough who have assembled a very good, strong squad and will definitely be pushing for promotion this season,

“Rudy Funk has done a terrific job since taking over, building a very successful team on the pitch but also has a very strong team off the pitch.

“They play the game the right way and like to play entertaining, attacking football with some fantastic attacking players, but also have a very good spine to the team, which makes them difficult to break down.

“This will be a really difficult game for us and because of it being pre-season lots of players are away on holidays, as most of our players are teachers or work in the manufacturing industry - this is the only time where they can get their family holidays.”