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GRIMSBY SIGN ELDING WHO HAD BEEN STAGS TARGET
25th July 2011 21:16



Elding Signs for Grimsby
grimsby-townfc.co.uk, Mon 25 Jul 2011

ROCHDALE striker Anthony Elding has completed his move to the club, signing a one-year plus an option deal.

http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10417~2399667,00.html

The 29-year old signs for an undisclosed fee.

He signed for Dale on a two-year deal in July 2010 after leaving Hungarian side Ferncvaros.

The 28-year old started his career with home town club Boston United in the late-1990s, before going on to enjoy a prolific strike-rate with Stevenage Borough, scoring 50 goals for them in the Conference in addition to one against Premier League Newcastle in the FA Cup.

He had brief spells with Kettering and back at Boston followed, prior to Anthony linking up with Stockport for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking about the player: "He brings something what we need - mobility to the front-line and eagerness, desire in his play and goals. There are times in his career when he's been a pretty hot product. What we need aswell is a little bit more experience. They are getting there but it is a very, very young squad."

Anthony will be squad number 39

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http://www.mansfieldtown.net/page/FromTheBoss/0,,10325~2401217,00.html

Paul Cox confirmed Mansfield made an offer to Rochdale and put what he thought was an excellent offer to Elding.

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Anthony Elding turns down Plymouth Argyle switch
Friday, July 22, 2011
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14234320.stm

Rochdale striker Anthony Elding has decided not to join Plymouth Argyle, less than a day after agreeing a move.

He looked set to join after impressing during the pre-season friendly against Bristol City last week.

But, after "sleeping on matters", the 29-year-old has decided not to join the cash-strapped Devon side.

Acting Argyle chairman Peter Ridsdale told the club website: "He has compelling personal reasons for the decision, which we fully understand."

The striker made 12 appearances for Rochdale last season, before going on loan to Stockport in January where he scored three goals in 18 games.

Born in Boston, Elding began his career with his home-town club before playing for Stevenage, Kettering, Leeds, Crewe, Hungarian side Ferencvaros and Lincoln.

Earlier this month, striker Liam Dickinson left the club "for personal reasons" within a week of joining

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Stags chase Elding
Nottingham Post, Thursday, July 21, 2011

PAUL Cox today confirmed Mansfield Town are in the running to sign Anthony Elding – but admits he faces stiff competition to land the striker.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-12978478-detail/story.html

The Stags boss has made no secret of his desire to add a first-rate front man to his squad ahead of the new season.

Cox has agreed a fee with Elding's current club, League One Rochdale, and discussed terms with the player.

But the Boston-born 29-year-old is currently on trial at League Two Plymouth Argyle and there are also other clubs in the hunt.

Elding started out at home town club Boston and has played for a host of clubs including Leeds United, Crewe and Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

But it is his strike rate of 50 goals in 106 games while playing in the Blue Square Bet Premier for Stevenage that really catches the eye.

Elding, who still lives in Boston, was a target for previous manager David Holdsworth during his reign in charge.

Paul Connor and Ross Dyer are currently the only two out-and-out strikers in the Mansfield squad.

"We have thrown our hat in the ring for Elding but I think there are three or four clubs who have agreed a fee," said Cox.

"Plymouth are certainly interested and that means we are going to have a battle on our hands to get him.

"Our offer of personal terms is on the table for him and now it's up to him to decide what he wants to do.

"This is what happens when you go in for good players but I can re-assure fans by saying he is one of four strikers we are pursuing.

"The hope is that we can get someone who has played at Football League level before."

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ELDING ON HIS WAY
pafc.co.uk, Thu 21 Jul 2011

STRIKER Anthony Elding will travel to Plymouth today with a view to joining Peter Reid's Pilgrims.

http://www.pafc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10364~2398100,00.html

Elding is expected in Devon this afternoon for a medical and talks that could see him agree to become Reid's sixth signing of the summer.

The 29-year-old, who is currently contracted to Rochdale, gained praise from the Argyle manager after appearing in the pre-season defeat to Bristol City last week.

The 6ft 2in striker began his career with hometown club Boston United before spells with Stevenage Borough and Kettering Town.

Elding rejoined the other Pilgrims in 2006 and was then signed by Stockport County in 2007.

His form at County with 24 goals in 45 outings, attracted the interest of Leeds United who took him to Elland Road in 2008.

Crewe Alexandra were the next to secure Elding's services before a move to Hungarian side Ferencváros.

At the beginning of last season, Elding signed for Rochdale on a two-year contract. Then, in January, he rejoined Stockport on loan until the end of the season

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Elding rejected Mansfield switch
fansnetwork.co.uk/football/rochdale, by Col, Sat 16th Jul 2011

Conference side Mansfield Town had a bid for Dale's out of favour striker accepted by the club, but the move broke down after the former Leeds forward couldn't agree terms with the club.

http://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/rochdale/fb_news.php?storyid=13200

Elding is currently on trial with League Two side Plymouth Argyle, and he played sixty minutes for them on Friday night in a friendly game against Bristol City.

His performance brought mixed reviews from those in attendance. Some described him as being slightly off the pace, but praised him for some nice touches combining well with his strike partner on the night.

However, it appears that he came close to not even making it as far as that after the Stags had tried to take Elding to Field Mill - a rejected move confirmed by his agent on Twitter. Personal terms were the key issue as he rejected the chance to drop two divisions for regular first team football.

Should the trial at Plymouth no work out, Elding will continue to remain on the transfer list

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