DORCHESTER Town have secured the services of striker Kieran Phillips from Bristol Rovers.

Phillips, 19, joins on a one-month loan from the Pirates, ending Dorchester’s long wait for a specialist forward man.

Phillips played four National League South games for Chippenham last season and could make his debut in the league clash at home to Walton Casuals today (3pm).

The Magpies have also made a seven-day approach for an experienced Southern League striker, manager Robbie Herrera has revealed.

The target will not be permitted to speak to the Magpies until the eighth day after the approach as his parent club have not waived the seven days.

Should the player agree to move, FA rules state the Magpies have until the 21st day post-approach to register the new signing.

However, if Dorchester’s efforts to sign the player are rejected they cannot make a second courtship of their target this season.

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Herrera shed light on the situation, telling Echosport: “We’ve put in seven days but the club haven’t waived it, which means he’s not going to be available for the weekend.

“We’ve still got to get an acceptable deal to the player. Things are going slowly, although we’ve been trying.

“We’ve spoken to other clubs and forwards about getting bodies in, so we’ve been really active.

“Nothing’s really bearing fruit at the moment, which is disappointing.”

Herrera declined to name the player to avoid scuppering any potential deal but spoke of his attributes.

He added: “He’s playing at our level at the moment. He knows it and is experienced.

“He can put the ball in the back of the net, which is what everybody’s looking for.

“Once we get the OK, the clearance to speak to the boy, we’ll put something to him and see where we go.”