Board meeting will determine whether Scunthorpe United can offer terms to Eddie Nolan
EDDIE Nolan will find out in the next 48 hours whether he will be offered the chance to revive his career at Scunthorpe United.
The Irish defender was released by the Iron at the end of last season, by former manager Alan Knill, but having failed to secure himself a new club he has been back at Glanford Park for the past fortnight, training with the Scunthorpe squad.
Though finances are tight, the fact that Nolan is a free agent should give the Iron some room for negotiation when it comes to thrashing out a deal.
The 24-year-old's versatility - he can play anywhere across the back four - is one of the biggest attractions for boss Brian Laws, who will use a board meeting scheduled for tomorrow to find out what, if anything, can be done to add Nolan to his squad.
A short-term deal until the end of the campaign is possible, more likely though is the chance that Nolan will be offered the chance to join the club on a pay-as-you-play basis.
“It’s a sad state that football has come to that, but it’s probably given players a kick up the backside, thinking maybe the grass isn’t always as green as you think," Laws acknowledged to the Telegraph.
“Eddie has found himself in one of those positions I would have dreaded to have been in myself when I was playing.
“He’s a good player and has done extremely well for himself, yet he finds himself, at the age of 24, with no football club.
“That’s quite alarming, but with the finances of most League One and Two clubs it’s not surprising either.
“People can’t afford to have bigger squads or carry many bodies.
“His versatility is not in question, but what we can do with him remains to be seen.
“We’ve got a board meeting on Thursday where we’ll discuss whether we can do anything because I think one of the weakest areas of our team is at full-back, particularly on the right hand side.
“To have some cover would be encouraging."
Nolan had been scheduled to play for Scunthorpe in a reserve match at York City yesterday afternoon, a match United won 1-0, but withdrew late in the day after feeling his groin.
Despite that frustration, which may mean the Iron wait that little bit longer before offering the player terms, Laws says Nolan's fitness levels are 'quite good'.
“He’s trained a hell of a lot with Doncaster and we’ve done some fitness tests with him," continued the Iron boss.
“When he’s on his game, he can be an exceptionally good player.
“I’ve seen him play for Scunthorpe on quite a few occasions in the last year and he was probably one of the best players on the park.
“He’s showed his willingness to come back here and train with us over the last couple of weeks.
“He’s trying to find himself a future somewhere, so if we can help him without damaging our finances, we’ll try to do that."
Nolan, who has three caps for the Republic of Ireland, made 74 appearances in all competitions for the Iron after joining the club, initially on loan, from Preston North End in the summer of 2010.