AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan has handed Market Drayton Town duo Judd Ellis and Joe Cuff a chance to impress over pre-season.

Midfielders Ellis and Cuff were key players as Drayton survived in the Evo-Stik Northern League First Division South – two tiers below the Bucks – last term.

Cowan feels the club has a ‘duty’ to look at players who have impressed for other clubs in the county.

“There’s a couple of local lads – Market Drayton, and other clubs as well,” he said. “It’d be foolish and naive of me not to look locally and tap into local talent.

“They can only play what they’re up against so if they’re doing it, ripping it up, I think that as a football club we have a duty to take a look – offer them a platform.

“There’s an opportunity for them for the next week or two. If they take it, great. If they don’t, it’s been a great experience for them.

“Too many times there has been things where we hear players have gone to other clubs in our league and then we find out they’re from Telford.”

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