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Pa Sulay Njie, Gambia Under-20 striker , appears at Cheltenham Town

There was a mystery man in a Cheltenham Town tracksuit at Accrington Stanley on Saturday as well as new recruit Alex Cooper.

The Echo understands that the player in question is striker Pa Sulay Njie a former Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town striker who has recently been playing in Gambia.

Born in Slough, Njie has Gambian parents and after spells playing at Nuneaton Town, Coventry and Shrewsbury he moved to West Africa to play for Real de Banjul.

He also had a trial with Premier League club Stoke City in 2012.

Now 24, he has previously played age group football for Gambia, playing in the Scorpions' Under-17 and Under-20 teams.

Njie has been on trial with the Robins for the past two weeks, playing alongside Alex Cooper – the Scottish midfielder who made his debut at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Former Ross County and St Mirren man Cooper endured a debut to forget as he pulled a hamstring just two minutes in to the game and had to leave the field with just four minutes gone.

The Robins have been looking for extra firepower since Dan Holman was forced into having surgery on his foot just two weeks in to the season.

Holman was given the all clear to resume training this week and was on the pitch kicking a ball at Accrington – albeit without using the injured right foot.

A move for former Preston North End winger Jeffrey Monakana fell through earlier in the season due to issues with an agent in Romania, where he had been playing.

Robins boss Gary Johnson also ran the rule over Belgian striker Ben Kalambay in two reserve games before opting not to give the striker a contract.

Njie is currently out of contract having left Real de Banjul, so could be signed if the Robins decide that he is worthy of a deal after his trial stint.

However, they would have to gain international clearance from the Gambian FA in order to finalise any deal.


There was a mystery man in a Cheltenham Town tracksuit at Accrington Stanley on Saturday as well as new recruit Alex Cooper.

The Echo understands that the player in question is striker Pa Sulay Njie a former Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town striker who has recently been playing in Gambia.

Born in Slough, Njie has Gambian parents and after spells playing at Nuneaton Town, Coventry and Shrewsbury he moved to West Africa to play for Real de Banjul.

He also had a trial with Premier League club Stoke City in 2012.

Now 24, he has previously played age group football for Gambia, playing in the Scorpions' Under-17 and Under-20 teams.

Njie has been on trial with the Robins for the past two weeks, playing alongside Alex Cooper – the Scottish midfielder who made his debut at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Former Ross County and St Mirren man Cooper endured a debut to forget as he pulled a hamstring just two minutes in to the game and had to leave the field with just four minutes gone.

The Robins have been looking for extra firepower since Dan Holman was forced into having surgery on his foot just two weeks in to the season.

Holman was given the all clear to resume training this week and was on the pitch kicking a ball at Accrington – albeit without using the injured right foot.

A move for former Preston North End winger Jeffrey Monakana fell through earlier in the season due to issues with an agent in Romania, where he had been playing.

Robins boss Gary Johnson also ran the rule over Belgian striker Ben Kalambay in two reserve games before opting not to give the striker a contract.

Njie is currently out of contract having left Real de Banjul, so could be signed if the Robins decide that he is worthy of a deal after his trial stint.

However, they would have to gain international clearance from the Gambian FA in order to finalise any deal.