ROBINS FAIL IN CLARE BID
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 star is currently on loan at Whaddon Road, but after a string of impressive performances, Robins boss Steve Cotterill is keen to make the player a permanent fixture at the club.
According to the official Grimsby Town website, Cotterill tabled an offer of £40,000 for the 22-year-old, only for Mariners boss Lennie Lawrence to turn it down.
"Their offer is not a million miles away from what we would be looking for, but I have rejected it and will wait and see what their response is," Lawrence told MarinersNet.
Clare's contract with Grimsby expires in the summer, although it is understood that Cheltenham are keen to wrap up a deal with the unsettled striker before then.
Meanwhile, the Gloucestershire club are hopeful that three key players will return to competitive action with the reserves as they take on Peterborough United.
Influential defender Chris Banks and highly-rated youngster Michael Duff are expected to feature in the contest alongside left-back Richard Walker, as he looks to recover from a strained hamstring.
"It will be a relief to have Michael and Chris back and they will probably have a game in the reserves before being in contention for the first-team on Saturday," said assistant manager Mike Davis.
"Richard Walker may also feature, which would allow Grant McCann to be pushed further forward."
Anthony Griffin (hamstring) is still struggling, as are Julian Alsop and former-Wolves man Mark Freeman, in spite of making a comeback in the defeat at Shrewsbury.
"In normal circumstances Mark would not have played," continued Davis.
"But he battled through and deserves a lot of credit.
"Julian started very brightly and won a lot in the air, but his lack of match fitness caught up with him later in the game, which is only to be expected."