Salford on lookout for local talent

  • Moving on up: Phil Neville, left, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes are Salford’s majority owners

    Moving on up: Phil Neville, left, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes are Salford’s majority owners


Aspiring footballers will have a golden chance to catch the eye of professional coaches when Sky Bet League Two side Salford City hold open trials at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence in July.

Salford, who gained promotion to the Football League this season, will invite two players from the trials for further tryouts with the Manchester club.

The club are jointly owned by former Manchester United stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, who are collectively known as the “Class of ‘92”.

Greg Strong, a former Bolton Wanderers defender, who now serves as Salford’s head of recruitment, will lead the trials, which run from July 1 to 4.

They will culminate with an invitational trial match involving the final 24 players who make the cut from an initial group of 50. Participants will train from July 1 to 3 with the open trial match to be held on the final day.

Salford already have links to the island through Simeon Burrows, a former Somerset Trojans youth player, who is serving an apprenticeship with the club’s under-18 squad.

Burrows was a member of the Salford under-21 team that won the North West Under-21 League title this month.

The midfielder was scouted by the club while participating in trials in England and signed a two-year deal in 2017, which expires next month.

Salford’s first team were promoted to the Football League after beating AFC Fylde 3-0 in the Vanarama National League Promotion final at Wembley Stadium. It was the club’s fourth promotion in five years.

They have teamed up with Iconz Experience Ltd, which is returning to Bermuda to hold another EPL Summer Camp, for players aged 8 to 15, also being held at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence from July 1 to 5.

The camp will be run by Shaun Derry, the Oxford United coach and former Crystal Palace midfielder, Mike Edwards, a former Notts County and Hull City defender, and former Leicester City forward Lawrie Dudfield, who jointly owns Iconz Experience along with Alan Smith, the former Manchester United and England striker.

Registration for the EPL Summer Camp and Salford open trial can be completed at iconzexperience.sportngin.com

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Published May 21, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated May 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm)

Salford on lookout for local talent

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