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Crystal Palace keep tabs on winger Maynard

English Championship club Crystal Palace are monitoring the progress of Bermuda Under-20 international Quadir Maynard after he played in a trial match for their youth team.

The former Boulevard Blazers winger featured in a friendly game against Millwall recently after being recommended to Palace by Bromley FC academy coach Murray Jones.

Jones said Maynard did “fairly well” in his tryout and that Palace had expressed an interest in taking a second-look at him.

“He's performed pretty well for us, he had a trial for Crystal Palace's youth team so they could have a look at him,” he said.

“They said he did fairly well and they want to see him again. I don't want to go overboard because he only played part of the game, but these opportunities only come along every once in a while.

“I think Quadir's worthy of having trials at professional clubs but whether they take him is their decision.”

League One team Leyton Orient have also been made aware of Maynard's potential and are open to running the rule over him, Jones said.

“Leyton Orient have shown a bit of interest in him as well. When a player with some international experience comes along, albeit in Bermuda, clubs do show an interest.”

Maynard has played regularly for Bromley's youth team this season and scored on his debut for the Conference South side's reserve team in October.

But the recent bad weather in the UK has put paid to his chances of an extended run in the reserves with a number of their games falling foul of the cold snap.

“The weather has put an interuption on the games programme at the moment,” Jones said.

“Quadir has been selected a few more times for our reserves but those games were postponed.

“The cold weather hasn't helped him to be fair but he's adapted pretty well and we could just do with some more consistent performances from him. We're hopeful there's more progress to come.”

The teenager joined Bromley on a two-year programme on the recommendation of Bermuda Football Association (BFA) technical director Derek Broadley, who spent several years working alongside Jones at Crystal Palace's youth academy.

There is also an educational component to Maynard's UK move with the Bermuda Hogges player having to take his BTEC qualifications at Kelsey Park Sports College who are in partnership with Bromley FC.

While waiting for his international clearance, Maynard spent a week training with Charlton Athletic's youth academy whose coaches did not believe he was quite ready for professional football.

Promising: Quadir Maynard (left, in action for Boulevard) closes down Kijuan Franks of Devonshire Cougars. Maynard played in a trial match for Crystal Palace recently.

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Published December 15, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 15, 2010 at 6:58 am)

Crystal Palace keep tabs on winger Maynard

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