Hill eager to try his luck at Chesterfield

  • Hill to climb: the goalkeeper has cut ties with Ilkeston (Photograph by Colin Thompson)

    Hill to climb: the goalkeeper has cut ties with Ilkeston (Photograph by Colin Thompson)

Jahquil Hill will not return to Ilkeston this season and will instead try his luck at Chesterfield.

The Bermuda Under-20 goalkeeper made six appearance for Ilkeston last term, but has cut ties with the club, managed by local legend Shaun Goater.

“I’m not at Ilkeston anymore and for the past three months I have been training with Rai Simons at Chesterfield,” Hill said.

“I have been there training with him full-time and right now I am just waiting to find out if they are going to sign me or not.

“At the moment I am just training and keeping fit for tournaments like this [Concacaf Under-20 Championship] and waiting for opportunities.”

Chesterfield are presently second from bottom in the Sky Bet League One, seven points adrift of safety. Chikosi Basden, the former Somerset Trojans forward, plays for the Derbyshire club’s under-21 side.

“I went to Chesterfield on a trial at first but they said they couldn’t sign me at the moment, so I am just basically training with them and hoping for something to happen,” Hill added.

“The opportunity to play in League One is great and would be a step up for me. Even if they don’t sign me I have other people watching me because I am still there training full-time, keeping fit and playing games for their reserves.

“The more I’m playing with them, the more people watch who can pass my name onto other clubs. I’m basically a free agent who is putting himself out there, still training and doing the right things.”

Hill, who was an unused substitute in Bermuda’s opening two group matches at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship against Trinidad and Tobago and El Salvador in Costa Rica this week, is also looking to broaden his football horizons with Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC.

“I am going to Canada to train with Toronto FC and I’m supposed to leave in May,” he said. “It’s not a training camp. Basically I’m going for the experience to see what Canada is like and right now I’m just waiting on confirmation from [Bermuda] goalkeeper coach John Moreira.”

Toronto FC’s ranks previously boasted former national goalkeeper Freddy Hall, now with Limerick, and Carlisle United midfielder Reggie Lambe, who captained Bermuda in a home international friendly against Canada in January which Hill also featured.

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Published Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm)

Hill eager to try his luck at Chesterfield

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