Bristol Rovers boss John Ward completes deal for Stoke City striker Ryan Brunt
Bristol Rovers boss John Ward says that new signing Ryan Brunt is just the type of 'old-fashioned' centre forward he's been searching for.
Ward has this afternoon agreed a deal to sign Brunt on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Premier League side Stoke City in a bid to bolster a front line that has lacked a physical presence following the departure of on-loan Bolton striker Tom Eaves at the end of last month.
Brunt, who stands at 6f 1ins, began his fledgling career in Bristol City's academy before joining Stoke in 2010.
He has since scored four goals in 38 appearances during short loan spells at Luton, Tranmere and, most recently, Leyton Orient, who were keen to take Brunt back to Brisbane Road after he scored three goals in nine starts earlier this season.
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Ward said: "I noticed him when I was at Colchester and he was playing for Tranmere, so I have known about him for about 12 months.
"He has also played for Leyton Orient, so although he is only 19 he does come with experience of the lower levels.
He is a big lad and a line leader. He is what you would describe as an old fashioned centre forward, and he has goals in him, which is obviously important.
"I have said before that I have strikers here who need some help over the next 19 games, and I think Ryan's presence can provide what we are looking for and take some of the pressure off."