Free agent striker Matty Fryatt is training with Sky Bet Championship side Burton Albion, according to the Burton Mail. Following an injury plagued spell at Nottingham Forest, he was released by the City Ground club this summer, as he seeks a fresh start.

After two years out of action because of an Achilles problem, he returned to training with Forest earlier this year, according to the Nottingham Post. Fryatt has therefore been training for a number of months, and most likely over the summer, as he looks to get his playing career finally back on track.

He last played a competitive game in March 2015, so match fitness is certainly an issue. Nevertheless, he has been allowed to train with the Brewers by manager Nigel Clough. The player has been doing rehabilitation work at St Georges Park, which is where Burton have been training. It remains to be seen if Clough will offer him a contract, especially given how desperately short of fitness he is.

59 goals from 228 matches at Sky Bet Championship level clearly resembles a proven goalscorer in this league. That fact alone means that he could be a real coup, if he is truly over his injury demons. Clough therefore will have to place complete trust in his medical staff, and the player himself, to see if a deal could possibly be arranged. Maybe a pay-as-you-play deal could be the way forward, or at least a short-term deal in order to prove himself. He is likely to be given some game time over pre-season to really determine his state after many, many months out of action.


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