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Forest Green swoop for former Leeds, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday striker Connor Wickham

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Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall has landed former Premier League striker Connor Wickham on an initial deal until January.

The 29-year-old spent last season with League One Play-Off semi-finalists MK Dons – and is now set to make his debut for Rovers this weekend against his former club Ipswich Town.

Wickham started his career with the Tractor Boys before plying his trade in the Premier League with the likes of Sunderland and Crystal Palace – and had spells in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Preston North End.

A former England youth international, the forward featured across all levels from Under 16s right up until Under 21 level.

Wickham who trained at Rovers’ Chippenham training base this morning, said: “I had a chat with the manager last week and I had a good think about it and this is definitely an exciting project that I want to be part of.

“This team are coming into this season on the back of getting promoted and the club are going in the right direction.

“The style of play at Forest Green suits me and is a part of a side to my game that some people may not be aware of. I want to get back to my best here.”

A burly striker with a great touch, Head Coach Ian Burchnall admitted he was delighted to land the former Premier League star: “Connor’s name was brought to us a couple of weeks ago so I met with him and thought it seemed a really good fit.”

“We know his top level is extremely high and we want to build him up so he can be  great player for us.”

“He was hungry to join us and be a part of what we’re working on here at Forest Green – he’s a great fit.”

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