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Wanted man Stephens has 'all the ability in the world'

Town top scorer Ben Stephens has attracted the attention of Coventry City and Ipswich Town. Photo: Steve Wood
Town top scorer Ben Stephens has attracted the attention of Coventry City and Ipswich Town. Photo: Steve Wood

STRATFORD Town midfielder Will Grocott insists “anything is possible” for Ben Stephens after the forward was targeted by two Football League clubs inside a week.

Stephens’ electric form this season has alerted a number of clubs, with Coventry City the latest to declare an interest in the 20-year-old.

Town’s top scorer trained with the EFL League Two side on Thursday and Friday, while he is also set for a two-day trial with Championship outfit Ipswich Town next week.

Current Town player of the year Grocott, who is a close friend of Stephens, said he would be surprised if Coventry or Ipswich did not attempt to sign the player.

“I’m not surprised by the interest in him,” said Grocott, who was also a team-mate with Stephens at Kettering Town.

“Everyone knows he has all the ability in the world. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get a deal now.

“It’ll obviously be a massive shame if we lose him, but this is a fantastic opportunity for him. Anything is possible.

“Carl (Adams, manager) has shown he is keen for players to push on and all of this is good for Stratford. It shows the club gives young players the opportunity and the platform to progress.”

Stephens has bagged 17 goals in 32 starts for Town this season, but Grocott says it’s his overall game which is proving appealing to the bigger clubs.

“The thing with Ben is, he isn’t just a goalscorer, he’s technically one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” he added.

“What Ben’s got that makes him stand out is he wins so many headers and I think he’s smaller than me!”

Stephens himself has insisted he is more than happy at Stratford, although he understandably excited at the prospect of turning professional at the likes of Coventry or Ipswich.

Stephens said: “I love being at Stratford, but I want to forward by football career and this is an excellent opportunity for me.

“Hopefully I can do well and impress them.”

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