BOSS Tom Killick is hoping new signing Jonah Ayunga will soon be available to join Poole Town’s National South survival mission.

Ayunga signed on loan until the end of the season from Premier League Brighton, with his registration having to go through before the transfer window closed last month.

However, the 20-year-old striker has yet to feature for the Dolphins as he continues his recovery from a broken leg.

The Kenyan joined Brighton from Dorchester two years ago in a deal worth around £40,000 to the Dorset club before sustaining the injury during a loan spell with Galway in the League of Ireland in August.

He is still working his way back to fitness under the watchful eye of the Brighton medical staff but is expected to resume full training in the next few days.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “The reason we were given the opportunity to sign him was that he wasn’t fit. He is, hopefully, going to be full-time training in about a week.

“I don’t know how long Brighton will then need him to be training before we can have him so we will have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Poole are waiting to discover whether goalkeeper Nick Hutchings will escape a ban having appealed his farcical sending off in Saturday’s defeat by Havant & Waterlooville.

Hutchings saw red for denying Alfie Rutherford an obvious goalscoring opportunity in the 18th minute, although at least three Poole defenders were in covering positions.

Following a morning pitch inspection, Poole's match at East Thurrock United on Tuesday was postponed.