Jake Quickenden: Gainsborough could sign I'm A Celebrity star

Jake Quickenden
Quickenden was a youth-team player with Scunthorpe United

Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity are in talks to sign reality television star Jake Quickenden.

Quickenden, who was runner-up to former world superbike champion Carl Fogarty on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here was also an X Factor contestant.

The 26-year-old was a youth-team player with hometown club Scunthorpe United.

Trinity boss Steve Housham told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "He's a talented footballer. It's not like he's someone who's not kicked a ball before."

Quickenden also played at non-league level with Frickley Athletic and Bottesford Town but gained fame by appearing on the X Factor in 2012 and 2014.

Most recently he appeared in I'm A Celebrity - another ITV show which also featured former Wigan, Fulham and West Ham midfielder Jimmy Bullard.

Gainsborough are 15th in the Conference North Table - five steps below the Premier League.

Housham added: "The chairman is an ambitious guy and wants to get him down for a game.

"There are still a lot of dealings to go through, but it could be a case of getting him down before the end of the season."

Last season Doncaster Rovers signed One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson as a non-contract player.