Odubade will prove big asset - Westley

Boro boss Graham Westley believes the signing of Yemi Odubade from Oxford United will give his side a different dimension to their attacking armoury next season. Westley moved quickly to secure the player s signature once it became clear the 24-year-old

Boro boss Graham Westley believes the signing of Yemi Odubade from Oxford United will give his side a different dimension to their attacking armoury next season.

Westley moved quickly to secure the player's signature once it became clear the 24-year-old no longer had a future at Oxford and the Boro chief thinks Odubade's pace will be a valuable asset next season.

"Yemi is a player that Oxford will probably tell you lacks some end product to go with his phenomenal pace," Westley told The Comet "But I think that pace is a massive asset. We have got a lot of technical players in our side but if you can stretch sides then it gives you something different.

"You saw towards the end of the season when Mitchell (Cole) was out that we probably had to sit a little bit deeper.


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"If you can get Yemi and Mitch in the same side then there's an enormous amount of pace there and that will open the game up a lot and give our technical players a lot of room to play in."

Westley also secured the signing of Northwich Victoria midfielder Joel Byrom in a �15,000 deal last week while he was also linked with Kettering duo Guy Branston and Gareth Seddon.

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However, the Boro boss revealed that, while he maintains an interest in both players, any deal looks unlikely due to Kettering's valuation for the pair.

"I spoke to (Mark) Copper about a couple of their lads. He quoted me a price for one which was way beyond what we had in mind and he said the other one wasn't available.

"I speak to a lot of people about a lot of players all the time. Asking the question is by no means an indication that I want to sign them.

"I'm surprised that quiet conversations between managers end up in the press. I think the right thing is that conversations between managers stay between managers.

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