Jeffrey deal hinges on appeal decision

Last updated : 09 April 2002 By Luke Thornhill
Could be staying, could be going.
Despite being remarkably off form in recent matches Iron manager Brian Laws has infuriated supporters by continuing to play Torps instead of the much sharper looking Mike Jeffrey, on loan from the Cod'eads.

Torps was sent off against Leyton Orient after stamping on a home player, and although at the time Laws said he could not defend his player he has since backtracked in an effort to have the striker available for the potential playoff games.

If the ban is not repealed this Saturday's trip to Darlington will be the last time Torps takes the field for United this season.

Should this be the case then Jeffrey will be asked to remain at the club to take part in the end of season playoffs, when three games could decide the fate of our season.

"That is what the manager has indicated," said a club spokesman today.

"He has launched an appeal and we hope it will have taken place before the suspension starts against York.

"Jeffrey's came here wanting to play first-team football, but he would be on the bench if Torpey was available."