Maynard in race to earn pro contract

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  • Bermuda international Quadir Maynard (right) takes part in a training drill with Reggie Lambe at the National Sports Centre.

    Bermuda international Quadir Maynard (right) takes part in a training drill with Reggie Lambe at the National Sports Centre.


Quadir Maynard is in a race against time to win a professional contract in English football with the winger now in his final year of his Bromley FC development contract.

Maynard is starkly aware he has entered a ‘make or break’ phase for his footballing future and has vowed to hold nothing back in his mission to win a full-time deal.

The 18-year-old has made an encouraging start to the campaign, scoring against Basingstoke’s Academy before heading home to Bermuda for his international debut against Guyana last week.

But he knows the hard work had only just begun and accepts he must strive for greater consistency than he showed last term if he is to pique the interest of a pro team.

“There’s way more pressure for me this season. I’m not saying everything will be over for me if things don’t work out but I know I need to push for everything right now,” he said.

“The season has just started for me so I’ve only played two games so far. I scored in my last game for Bromley before heading back to Bermuda for the qualifiers. I was called into Bromley’s first team squad for their FA Cup match but I was away with the Bermuda national team.”

The former Boulevard man had a training stint at League One side Charlton Athletic last season and hopes to been given further opportunities to impress at league clubs this campaign.

He said he would be speaking to the agent of Dale Eve, his national under-20 team-mate, about the possibility of training with Stoke City further down the line.

Goalkeeper Eve, 16, was named among The Potters new intake of scholars at the start of the season.

“I’m still hoping to get some trials at a professional club this season. I need to talk to my coach and see what happens,” said Maynard. “I’m pleased with my start to the season but I need to get a bit fitter. I signed a two-year deal with Bromley so this season I really need to start pushing for something.

“I might be having trials at Stoke at some point. I need to speak to Dale Eve’s agent to see if he can sort something out.”

Maynard came on as a second-half substitute in Bermuda’s World Cup qualifier against Guyana and set up his side’s goal, delivering the corner for John Barry Nusum to head home.

He said he was satisfied with his brief cameo display and hoped to part of Bermuda’s home and away double-header against Barbados next month.

“I was pleased with my debut and I felt I sparked up the game a little bit and set up the goal with my corner,” he said. “It was my first game and I had an impact as soon as I came on.”

Maynard joined non-league Bromley on the recommendation of Bermuda Football Association (BFA) technical director Derek Broadley, a former colleague of the club’s Academy coach Murray Jones.

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Published Oct 18, 2011 at 8:22 am (Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 8:19 am)

Maynard in race to earn pro contract

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