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Former Cardiff City, Celtic and Wales midfielder Joe Ledley training with Bristol Rovers

Wales international and free agent Joe Ledley is training with League One side Bristol Rovers ahead of a potential deal with the club.

According to our colleagues at Bristol Live, Ledley has linked up with the squad having taken in the 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

Nothing has been agreed as of yet, with both sides believed to be currently assessing their options.

The Cardiff City hero has been out of the game since leaving A-League outfit Newcastle Jets back in August 2020, and a move to the Memorial Ground could prove appealing given that he and his family are still based in south Wales.

He is believed to have already made a big impression on the training ground, and there is a growing feeling that a move to the Gas could be best for all parties.

The 34-year-old, who was offered a contract at Newport County shortly before his move Down Under, remains a hero of Welsh football having been a key part of the Wales side that famously reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Ledley won the last of his 77 international caps back in 2018, and hasn’t officially closed the door on his international career, although admittedly a place in Wales’ Euro 2020 plans looks increasingly unlikely.

The midfielder has enjoyed a wonderful domestic career, playing more than 200 games for boyhood club Cardiff and also winning three Scottish titles with Celtic, where he remains a massive favourite with fans.

Rovers caretaker manager and director of football Tommy Widdrington has already admitted that the club are actively exploring the free agent market, and it remains to be seen whether a deal can be done.

He said: “We keep trying to turn over rocks and find things that other people wouldn’t find, but that’s a difficult thing to do.

“With contacts and historical knowledge, we’re aware of one or two people who may be available to us, but it’s got to be the right fit.

“It’s an option we’ll keep open. If the managerial situation changes, then that person will have a say in that.”

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