Bristol Rovers close in on deal for 23-year-old

Bristol Rovers are close to securing the services of Jonah Ayunga according to a report from Bristol Live.

Ayunga is currently plying his trade with Havant and Waterlooville’s, having started out with Dorchester Town before being snapped up by Brighton and Hove Albion. He never broke through with the Seagulls, spending most of his time out on loan at teams such as Sligo Rovers, Poole Town, Burgess Hill Town and Galway United. He joined Sutton United in 2018, but ended up at Havant after just four goals in 28 matches.

The Beaminster-born forward is also a Kenyan international, having received one cap back in 2016.

He bloomed into a prospect this season, banging in 23 goals before proceedings were curtailed by the pandemic. His goals helped get the Hawks into the National League South play-offs, where he recently scored in the first leg against Dartford.

Gasheads have been keeping tabs on the striker ever since owner Wael Al-Qadi started following him on social media and it seems likely he’s now set to be their fifth signing of the summer, following on from Josh Grant, Jack Baldwin, Max Ehmer and Sam Nicholson.

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The 23-year-old is raw, but having watched the Havant highlights, he certainly has the right credentials to be a success, if he can be brought on in the right manner. This is very much an investment for the future, rather than a player who could make an immediate impact, and a loan deal later in the season to a National League club might be the way forward in terms of senior football.

That said, Ayunga might surprise everyone and take instantly to league football. Much of his experience has been outside the professional ranks though and Gas fans expecting him to hit the ground running might have to be patient.

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