Player who trained at Bristol Rovers - plus Bristol City star - join sixth-tier club

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The National League South outfit have taken two players that had been training with both Bristol clubs.

Bath City have made a double transfer swoop for Ephraim Yeboah and Isaac Vassell.

The National League South outfit have bolstered their squad as they continue to make a push for the end of season play-offs. Both players could make their debut this evening at Twerton Park against Braintree Town.

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Eagle-eyed fans of the Gas saw a mystery player during a behind the scenes training video on the club's YouTube channel and his identity was confirmed to be Vassell by Romans manager Jerry Gill.

In a post published on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Gill said: "I'm delighted to have got a player with experience and quality @Vassell93 signed up until the end of the season. Welcome mate."

Gill was asked by a supporter if Vassell had been training with Rovers recently and Gill responded: "Yes that's right mate."

Vassell was not training at Rovers with a view of signing a deal according to the Bristol Post and instead was afforded a favour by those at The Quarters. The 30-year-old has been a free agent for more than 20 months after being released by Cardiff City in the summer of 2022 and has not played a competitive game of senior level football since August 2019.

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Bath not content with signing one forward a day later signed Ephraim Yeboah from Bristol Rovers' inter-city rivals Bristol City on a loan deal until the end of the season. Yeboah has linked up with Josey Casa-Grande, who is also on loan from the Robins.

The 17-year-old has made 12 appearances for Bristol City this season with all of them coming as a substitute, with most coming under former boss Nigel Pearson. Yeboah has played just 12 minutes under Liam Manning and has not made a match-day squad since mid-December.

Explaining Yeboah's situation in January, Manning said to the Bristol Post: "Eph is a terrific character; wants to learn, wants to get better. And, what you’ll find with young players is they’ll have high moments, low moments; moments when they’re doing well, moments where they’re struggling a bit.

“It’s difficult sometimes for young players when you train, you travel and you get out of the rhythm of playing games. That balance of getting success, as well as being challenged, is really important.

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“He’s had a real quick rise to success, then again he’s had a bit of a challenging period at the minute, which is fine. It doesn’t change what we think of him. We know his qualities, our job is to coach and support him.

“His job, as he has done, and I can’t stress that enough, is turn up and work as hard as I can everyday and I have to say, he’s a credit to himself because his attitude is terrific."

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