Bristol Rovers put on alert as League Two top scorer and former striker becomes available for free

Bristol Rovers could be tempted to make a move for one of League Two’s best players last season

Bristol Rovers have been put on alert after their former striker Dominic Telford was made available for transfer after leaving Newport County.

Telford is leaving Newport after a season-and-a-half with the Welsh club where he was an influential figure in his full campaign, finishing as the top scorer of League Two.

The 25-year-old’s contract came to an end with the Exiles and he has chosen not to extend his contract with James Rowberry’s side, as he pursues a ‘new challenge’.

It now paves the way for Telford to join a higher division club with a return to the Memorial Stadium a potential option to consider with an attacker needed after Sam Nicholson’s departure.

Taking to social media to announce his departure, Telford said: "I’d like to thank every single person involved with Newport County AFC, who made my time one of the most enjoyable I have experienced as a professional footballer.

"It was a rollercoaster from the highest of highs to some bumps in the road but I wouldn’t have changed a second.

"I have decided to pursue a new challenge in my career, after speaking to my family, agent and close friends for advice I feel at this stage in my career it’s the right thing to do.”

Telford had a stellar campaign for Newport last season, finishing as the division’s top scorer after scoring 25 goals in 37 appearances, averaging a goal just over every hour.

His goals were not enough however to secure a play-off spot for the Exiles and ultimately he has sought a new challenge where his goals will have put him in a good position to a team with the proposition of higher division football.

It was his best campaign by far, having netted double figures in only one other campaign, when he won promotion with Bury back in 2019.

Telford was a one-time loanee with Stoke City of whom the Gas have had a positive relationship with loanees over the past few seasons.

His time in the West Country was a respectable one however he often struggled at times to force his way into Darrell Clarke’s side and found himself playing for the Development side.

He started just one match and often found himself coming off the bench, however he still was able to get three goals in 19 league appearances, whilst netting five in total by including his brace in the EFL Trophy.

As for Telford’s next destination, Telford, who was based in Stoke for three seasons, he was an attendee of the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium where he saw Port Vale defeat Mansfield Town.