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17 July 2019 : Former Walsall and Crewe Alexandra Striker On Trial At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have taken former Crewe Alexandra, Exeter City and Walsall striker Alex Nicholls on trial. The 31 year old played against Swansea City on Tuesday night at Huish Park, featuring for the opening 45 minutes of the match before being withdrawn in the 1-6 defeat. He had been a trialist for his old club Walsall earlier this month in their friendly at Alfreton, but with the Saddlers currently on tour in Poland, it appears he's decided to try his luck further south.

Born in Stourbridge on December 9th 1987, he was part of Walsall's youth system before breaking through, with his debut coming in a December 2005 FA Cup match against Yeovil Town whilst still 17 years old. Whilst a broken leg later that season thwarted that progress, he went on to make 219 appearances, scoring 28 goals for the Saddlers, with all bar one of those seasons coming at League One level. In addition, he played 14 games for Burton Albion in the Conference as part of a loan spell whilst he was recovering from that leg injury.

In the summer of 2012, Nicholls moved to Northampton Town on a free transfer and started off well for them, scoring eight goals in 16 appearances. Unfortunately for a second time he suffered bad luck by suffering another broken leg that wiped out his season there, and ultimately contributed to him only making 29 appearances for the Cobblers, scoring nine times.

During his final season at Sixfields, Nicholls had two loan spells with Exeter City in League Two, and he made that move permanent in January 2015, spending 18 months at St James Park, where he made 61 appearances, scoring 12 goals. He then moved to Barnet, spending two seasons in League Two that saw him score 11 goals in 47 appearances. During his time with the Bees he also had a 13 game loan spell with Dundee United in the Scottish Championship.

Last season saw Nicholls move to Crewe Alexandra on a one year contract. He scored four goals in 26 appearances before being released at the end of the season, thus leaving him as a free agent.

Although he is generally labelled as a striker, Nicholls has often been utilised as a winger. During Tuesday night's friendly against Swansea City, he wore the No.10 shirt, playing as a front line striker for the opening 45 minutes of the match before being swapped for another trialist in the form of ex-St Albans City striker David Moyo. Given the one-sided nature of the friendly, Nicholls didn't see a lot of the ball at that end of the park to make a good assessment of his abilities.


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