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Mellor Open To Brighton Move

On-loan Wednesday striker Neil Mellor has admitted a move to champions elect Brighton & Hove Albion would be an 'interesting option' to him.

Mellor, on-loan at Hillsborough from Preston North End, has been linked with a move to the Seagulls at the end of the current campaign.

The option is one of a number open to the former Liverpool Academy graduate, with a full-time move to Wednesday and a return to fight for his place at Preston also possibilities.

Mellor's 'come and get me' plea to Brighton comes just days before Wednesday travel down to face the npower League One leaders.

He told The Argus: 'I have still got one more year left on my contract at Preston. I said at the end of this season I would re-evaluate. Obviously I was hoping to be there or thereabouts for promotion but it hasn't worked out like that.'

He continued: 'Brighton are a big club. They`ve got the move to a new stadium and Championship football for them next season is pretty much guaranteed. That would definitely be an interesting option.'

A move to Brighton, as with Wednesday, would see Mellor follow in the footsteps of his dad Ian, who also played for Albion.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 7 2011

Time: 5:49PM

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Yet again we nurture a player who is at a brick wall and then let him slip through our fingers.
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07/04/2011 19:22:00

cant blame him for weighing up his options, he's hardly played under megson, i actually fancy preston will want to keep him when they turn out on league 1 next season.
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07/04/2011 19:39:00

sign him up now!
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07/04/2011 19:58:00

I fully agree he has to weigh up the options and as with everyone else he has to look at securing his own future. But what an indictment that a club I always considered as a level or two below us should be able to command the high ground. Next season will be a defining watershed for the club we all love,whether it be GM or MM or whoever is in charge the summer comings and goings will be pivotal. UTO
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07/04/2011 20:03:00

Well you can't knock him for being interested in a move to Brighton because he's only on loan to us and he doesn't owe us anything in truth. If we do offer him a deal then he must be guaranteed first-team football for it to be worthwhile to him. It's fine to say Brighton are a level or two below us but they're clearly a team on the rise and the same cannot be said of us!
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07/04/2011 20:21:00

Wait til next season and I will remind you when we both have nose bleeds from the dizzy heights of the top of the table!!
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07/04/2011 20:36:00

get him signed be stupid to let him go just starting to form a gd partnership with madine
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07/04/2011 21:53:00

Tommacarndernie I was talking about this season. I'm not stupid enough to write off next season already. If Mellor is to make a decision at the end of the season, we've hardly given a glowing account of ourselves now have we?
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07/04/2011 23:24:00

I don't think he'll be back at Preston next season. They are seriously short of money (where have we heard that before???) and relegation will make it even worse for them - they'll be off-loading Mellor and others too. Not sure Brighton would guarantee him first team football. If GM & MM want him at Hillsborough next year, we should sign him now. There will be more than just Brighton tracking him right now.
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08/04/2011 08:55:00

I think it's pretty naive to think GM and MM won't be already working in the background to secure our most prolific striker of what's been a poor season. Even if we don't get Mellor, which I hope we do, I'm confident we'll be spending money in the summer buying players of Mellors standard if not better. Milan will be all guns blazing with a comparitively big warchest to ensure he doesn't suffer an embarrassment like he has this season again. Disappointed that Brighton Hove Albion are now deemed as a club worthy of beating us in the transfer market for a player. There's a measure of how far we've fallen over the years eh? Frightening.
Carbone's Padawan
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08/04/2011 09:22:00

We need stability with our strikers, we need to get him signed now, I think he'll stay, I be surprised if mm and gm aren't trying to pursuade him, he's probably playing them, trying to get the move sorted I hope, if not it's a big hint. If he's not staying then send him back, I think were safe now so why bot let heff have a good run in the team and try to show his worth?
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08/04/2011 10:09:00

Doesn't owe us anything and has to look after his own future which is understandable but show a bit more professionalism and not say you fancy joining a team the same week we are playing them! The Brighton defenders are just gonna be sledging him all game now to get in his head!
Owls That!
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08/04/2011 10:44:00

If Mellor thinks that Brighton are a big club(and no disrespect to them cos theyve had a great season) but he must be kidding himself.Things are going well for them with moving into new 22,000 seater stadium but they will never be as big as us.I hope he stays with us but if he wants to join Brighton let him.He was terrific against Tranmere but they will never have the support we have.Our fans are the best.
leons gloves
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08/04/2011 11:15:00

If it was me . . . ? Well lets see. It probably hasnt been much fun for him this year . . . except for when he plays cos he bangs in hats full of goals. Or so it seems. What is his ratio of goals to starts? anyone?
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08/04/2011 11:49:00

Well said Leons Gloves !!!
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08/04/2011 15:26:00

on a personal level, i think that Mellor certainly owes us something - of course he can keep his options open and clearly we can't force him to stay here, but he's re-energized his career at OUR club not bloody Brighton, i think we deserve some loyalty. i'd love to see Mellor at the club next season permanently and I think that wednesday should be his first choice, morally.
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08/04/2011 15:41:00

i suppose first thing is first, does megson want to keep him? the last 2 games he has been great, but before that under megson he's either played averagly at best, or not even on the bench at times, suppose it depends on the rest of the season now.
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08/04/2011 15:49:00

to be fair though guys, when Mellors played poorly it's because he's been surrounded by players who've played shockingly bad all around the park and where I'm not totally deflecting the blame from him it certainly doesn't help a striker when you're consistantly starved of decent service. his teammates have upped their game in the past coupld of weeks (at last) and he's banging them in like he did at the start of the season. I'm still quite miffed that he's considering Brighton over us but by the sound of it he's basing his interest purely on us being stuck in league one for another campaign. not massively attractive that is it? i love my club but it's gutting to see us playing poorly in a poor league don't you agree? it can't be that appealing to join us at the moment. bring back Carbone!!!!
Carbone's Padawan
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08/04/2011 16:36:00

He hasn't played well against any of the big guns in our division and most of his goals have come against the bottom teams or in the cups. On that alone I'd look at other options.
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08/04/2011 23:25:00


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