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The free agent strikers from League One yet to sign for new clubs - including players from Derby, Ipswich, Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday

There are strike partnerships just waiting to be assembled as some League One strikers become of interest to Bristol Rovers

As teams continue their pre-seasons, the 2022/23 League One season is just a few weeks away.

Some clubs have already played their first few fixtures to help them prepare for the 46-game slog that lies in front of them, and that’s just the league games.

There is still a whole two months to go until the summer transfer window shuts and whilst the core of most squads have been assembled, some players are still unsure about where their futures lie.

Bristol Rovers have used the free agent market in recent years and brought in James Gibbons from Port Vale after his contract expired there.

Joey Barton says that his team are still five or six signings from where they want to be and there are still some gaps to be filled in. James Norwood, released from Ipswich Town is a reported target.

There are also some players from some of the league favourites in Derby County, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday, who have been busy themselves and allowed players to leave.

The departures of Brett Pitman and Leon Clarke leave them with three recognised strikers in Aaron Collins, Harvey Saunders and Ryan Loft. Loft standing at six foot two can be considered the only out-and-out striker, whilst Collins is a bit more of the Roberto Firmino mould.

Whilst the team go through some drills in a week away in Portugal, Barton’s recruitment team will be hard at work to identify targets.

There is a mixed bag of players on offer but the preference would probably be a tall target man in the mould of perhaps Loft with a bit more experience.

Some have plenty of suitors lined up for them, whilst others will need their agents to sell them to some prospective clubs. All free agent strikers are listed below - would any of these be of a good fit at the Memorial Stadium?

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