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Football: Onoura signs up.

TRANMERE ROVERS have resolved their search for a striker by signing the experienced Iffy Onoura from Grimsby Town.

The 36-year-old target man moved on a free transfer after being released from a one- season contract at Grimsby and is available for Tranmere's second division game against QPR at Prenton Park today.

Tranmere is Onoura's seventh League club in a career of over 500 games and more than 130 goals.

He is filling the gap left by Simon Haworth, who won't play again until next season as he recovers from a double fracture of the leg.

Tranmere manager Brian Little said: ``Iffy's experience and goal-scoring record will be an asset as we enter the final stages of the season. He is a strong character and will be a great addition to the dressing room. ``We have been looking for a big target man to lead the team from the front and Iffy fits the bill perfectly.''

Glasgow-born Onoura's professional career began at Huddersfield in 1989/90 and he also had spells with Mansfield, Gillingham, where he worked with Tranmere's assistant manager Richard Hill,Swindon Town and Sheffield United. He joined Grimsby in September.

Onoura has been out of the first team picture at Grimsby since Graham Rodger took over as caretaker manager when Paul Groves was dismissed midway through the season.

Rodger said: ``This is a chance for Iffy to be a bit further up the pecking order than he is here. He wants to play first team football.''

Onoura cannot figure in Tranmere's FA Cup quarter- final against Millwall next weekend because he is Cup-tied.

Meanwhile,Tranmere's FA Youth Cup quarter- final against Middlesbrough has been fixed for Thursday March 4 at Prenton Park. Admission is pounds 4for adults and pounds 2 for concessions.

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Date:Feb 28, 2004
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