First team coach Ian Hendon has hinted that Titus Bramble could still be offered a contract at the club, despite reports he isn’t on a trial.

The former Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland defender, who is now a free-agent, is with the squad as they enjoy an intensive training camp in Ireland, but club insiders had initially confirmed he was not on trial.

However, Hendon has hinted that, if he impresses boss Sam Allardyce, a deal could be on the table.

He told MailOnline: “He’s a good player and over the years he has proved that.

“He’s come back in good shape so credit to him, He’ll be with us for a couple of games and it’s how he performs in the games that will determine whether the manager wants to prolong it.

“The manager will have a look at him and make a decision. He’ll give him every chance to prove himself.”

Bramble, 31, managed 47 Premier League appearances in three years with Sunderland, scoring one goal.