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Former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake taken on trial by Preston

Preston have taken ex-Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on trial.

Preston have been dealt two big blows in attack in recent weeks, with Joe Garner ruled out for four months and Callum Robinson recalled by Aston Villa.

Both losses came just days after the arrival of former Leeds hitman Jermaine Beckford, and whilst manager Simon Grayson brought in Middlesbrough teenager Bradley Fewster, North End remain in the hunt for a striker.

That has led Grayson to consider former Manchester United and Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is a free agent after leaving Ipswich in the summer.

Trials with Brentford, Oldham and Bradford haven't worked out for the 28-year-old, but Grayson has now handed an opportunity to Ebanks-Blake, who will spend the next four to six weeks at Deepdale with the Lilywhites.

"Yeah he's been with us for about ten days now," Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire. "I spoke to his agent and just felt it was a nice opportunity for him to get some fitness work, for us to look at him, him to look at us and just see where it goes."

"Sylvan has played in the Premiership, with top Championship teams, he's a goalscorer...so it's about getting him fit, so we'll have a look at him for as long as we need to."

"He's a little bit behind, but he's working hard since he's been here, he's doing extra work all the time, but it's difficult for these players who didn't sign for somebody in the summer, then they go out on trial and try to get a contract, and suddenly you're trying to impress but you're not really up to speed with the rest of the players."

"We've said to him all along that he can stay as long as he wants, because we want a striker, he's looking for a club, hence we'll see where it goes with it all. If we didn't think that he could affect us if he was fit and in a good state, then we wouldn't be bothering looking at him," Grayson added.

The former United trainee became a hero at Wolves after his 2008 move from Plymouth Argyle, scoring 64 goals in 193 games before injuries and fitness damaged Ebanks-Blake's impact - and Preston will now be hoping to get something out of him when nobody else would give him a chance.

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