FORMER England defender Chris Powell is training with Cherries, the Echo can reveal.

The veteran 38-year-old left-back, who was capped five times for his country during Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign as national boss, linked up with Kevin Bond's squad this morning on trial and could make an appearance during Cherries' pre-season clash against Dorchester on Tuesday.

Powell is unlikely to feature during Saturday's clash against Bristol City, but could turn out against Dorchester next week.

"This is definitely a here and now short-term situation if it were to happen," said Bond.

"I've got two young boys potentially who are going to be playing centre-half, with potentially a young goalkeeper, so you are undoubtedly going to need some experience around them.

"Whilst Bradders is a very experienced player, he isn't a very experienced defender. So from that point of view I wouldn't be unhappy with somebody who is a talker who can help them."

Lambeth-born Powell, who will be 39 in September, is a free agent after being released from a third spell at Championship outfit Charlton Athletic earlier this year.

Cherries' long-serving left-back Warren Cummings had a transfer request accepted last week.

Meanwhile, Cherries chief executive Alastair Saverimutto has confirmed that all the required paperwork regarding the club's bid to exit administration has now been submitted to the Football League.

Saverimutto added that the league was expected to review the documentation "in due course".

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