Town pounce for ex-Notts striker Scoffham

GERMAN-born former Notts County striker Steve Scoffham is on the verge of signing for Hucknall Town.

The 25-year-old, who was born in Munster but is English, has been locked in talks and was expected to take part in Town's first pre-season training sessions this week.

Scoffham made 52 appearances for The Magpies between 2004 and 2006, despite twice suffering a broken leg during his spell at Meadow Lane.

He was released at the end of the 2005/06 season and joined Burton Albion. After a handful of games, he was shipped out on loan to Alfreton Town.

Scoffham then drifted out of the game and joined Notts Senior League side Attenborough in September 2007.

If Scoffham signs, he will be the second confirmed summer signing for wheeling-and-dealing Town boss Bryan Chambers.

For The Yellows – who started pre-season training on Tuesday – have agreed a deal with midfielder Chris Gray.

The 32-year-old was club captain at Unibond League, Division One South side Stamford last season and led The Daniels to a seventh-placed finish.

Gray, who is described as a combative, robust and competitive player, counts Eastwood Town, Redditch United and Hednesford Town among his former clubs.

Chambers said: "Chris is a player I have been trying to sign for years, so I know all about him. He will be a good signing."

Meanwhile the versatile Matt Baxter has finally agreed to come back to Town for next season. Baxter, who can play in midfield or at full-back, was offered a deal by Chambers but has been considering his options.

Baxter made 15 appearances (plus 15 as substitute) for The Yellows last term and Chambers has often admitted he is a big fan of the player.

However the manager has confirmed that striker Dave Kettle will not be returning to Watnall Road. Kettle was offered a deal by Chambers but the Geordie boss said he has not heard from the frontman since.

Kettle, signed by former Town bosses Mick Galloway and Andy Miller, flattered to deceive last term after impressing in pre-season friendlies.

The former Notts County and Teversal man scored four goals in as many games in the warm-up games but managed only two goals in 16 starts (plus 21 as sub) as The Yellows plunged to relegation from the Blue Square North.