Castle feeling rejuvenated by new role
Casey Castle is making inroads in pursuit of a professional football career in England.
The Bermuda and PHC Zebras winger has caught the eye of several clubs, including Sky Bet Championship side Reading.
Castle, the son of former PHC defender and coach Jack Castle, plays for non-League side Walton and Hersham in the Ishmian League Division One South.
He came on as a second-half substitute in his team’s emphatic 5-1 demolition of Eversley and California in the second round of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup on Tuesday.
Castle set up the home side’s fourth goal and was unfortunate not to add his name to the scoresheet after having an attempt saved by the goalkeeper and another sail over the crossbar.
Scouts from Dulwich Hamlet and Hampton Richmond attended the match to run the rule over the Bermudian and were so impressed by his performance that both clubs invited him for trials.
“They were very much impressed with my performance and they are both willing to take me on trial in the upcoming months,” Castle said.
Reading have also shown interest in the player.
“They are very much interested in me and have been monitoring me for a few weeks,” Castle added. “It would be a dream playing in the Championship because Nahki [Wells] plays there as well [with Huddersfield Town].”
Shaun Goater, the former Bermuda striker, had a stint with Reading towards the end of his career, scoring 12 goals in 43 appearances between 2003 and 2005.
The 25-year-old moved to England in July to enhance his chances of landing a professional contract.
“It has always been a dream to play professionally,” Castle said. “I’m just trying to take it one step at a time and a lot of credit has to go to Derek Broadley [the former Bermuda Football Association technical director] and Paul Scope since I have been out here.
“They have been keeping up with me daily and encouraging me to keep pushing on until something happens. I owe a lot of credit to them while my family and friends have also been very supportive.”
Apart from a niggling hamstring injury which has plagued him lately, Castle has made a reasonably smooth transition to the English game.
“It took me a short time to adapt,” he said. “It’s much faster and you always have to be wary of your surroundings.
“I’ve been pushed back further, so I’m no longer a winger. I’m more of a wing back or an attacking full back and I have excelled in that role one hundred per cent. I’m just more direct when I get the ball, and my pace is a very helpful asset to my team on the right flank.
“My gaffer has compared me to a lot of players that play right full back, like Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur and England international), but that’s just because of my pace.”
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