Stoking Moore's Interest

Morton travel to the north of England next week and during that trip Allan Moore will run the rule over Chris Stokes, a left-back with England youth caps.

According to the Greenock Telegraph's Martin Greig, the 19-year-old former England under-17 international joins the club on trial after a recommendation by Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Sandy Stewart, a close friend of Moore's from their days together at Airdrie.

Stokes (pictured) was part of the England under-17 squad that travelled to Denmark in the summer of 2007 to take part in the Nordic Championships. He played alongside Everton's Jack Rodwell and Tottenham's John Bostock as they beat Iceland 2-0, Finland 2-1 but lost 2-0 to Sweden.

Stokes was a released this May after five years with the youth and reserve teams at the Reebok Stadium. He also spent two months on loan at Crewe Alexandra towards the end of last season and returned for what must've been an unsuccessful trial earlier this summer.

At the time, Crewe manager Dario Gradi told their official website: “We took him here on loan to have a look at him because we expected him to be released by Bolton. That has happened and he has asked if he can come here and have a trial. We are more than happy to have another look at him and the offer is there to come and train with us.

“He has a lovely left foot, was not fazed by anything and has the physical attributes"

Greenock Telegraph - Ex-England Youth Cap To Join (06.07.2010)

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