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Roker Roundup: Former Sunderland favourite gets MLS trial & youngster impresses and scores AGAIN

An ex-Sunderland midfielder has nabbed himself a trial with an MLS team, whilst a loaned out SAFC Academy playmaker has scored yet again as he tries to prove himself away from Wearside.

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Embleton scores in Grimsby rout

Elliot Embleton was on the scoresheet for Grimsby Town last night as they put five past Tranmere Rovers in a League Two game at Blundell Park.

James Norwood had given the visitors the lead after just 11 minutes but Grimsby hit back and were 3-1 up by the 48th minute thanks to goals by Harry Clifton, Wes Thomas and Harry Davis.

Paul Mullin for Tranmere pulled it back to 3-2 but Mitch Rossi converted a penalty with eight minutes to go to seal the victory for the Mariners and Embleton put the icing on the cake as he ran onto a pass John Welsh and slid the ball past visiting goalkeeper Scott Davies.

You can watch Embleton’s goal at SkySports.com HERE.

Max Stryjek missed Eastleigh’s 3-1 win at Maidstone due to illness and Luke Molyneux’s Gateshead had their game against Solihull Moors postponed due to the side from the West Midlands having an FA Cup game against Blackpool on Friday.

Northampton Town v Grimsby Town - Sky Bet League Two Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

MLS trial for Kirchhoff

Former Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff recently underwent a trial spell at MLS outfit Minnesota United.

According to The Atlantic, Kirchhoff is one of the club’s targets to improve their defensive record after he underwent a trial at the club during November, with the staff keen to assess his fitness.

The German midfielder has been out of contract since he left Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season after playing only four times for the club.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Praise for Samson

St Mirren’s on-loan Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Rogers made his first league start for the club at the weekend, as he stepped in to replace former number one Craig Samson who retired and joined Sunderland as goalkeeper coach.

It was a successful debut for Rogers as he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Hearts and despite having to bide his time due to the excellent form of Samson, the 24-year-old had nothing but praise for the newest member of Jack Ross’ backroom staff:

I had a frustrating start here because when I first came in Sammy was playing excellently. I didn’t hit the ground running and then I got injured.

That was hard because I have never really had a long injury before. I went back to Aberdeen to do my rehab and by the time I came back I felt a lot better, a lot fitter and everything seemed to be going my way.

It was a shock to then see Sammy go. I came in on the Monday morning and I was told that he was going to Sunderland – I couldn’t believe it.

It was a fantastic opportunity for Sammy though.

He had been texting me all week in the run up to the game against Hearts, wishing me all the best. And he was the first person to text me after the game to say he was buzzing for me.

We got on really well and I am sure he will be happy to see the result for St Mirren as well, not just me.

He has got this club in his heart – everybody knows that.

Kilmarnock v St Mirren - Betfred Scottish League Cup Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images