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Simeon Burrows does not have to look very far for inspiration playing for a club jointly owned by former Manchester United stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, siblings Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

The Bermudian midfielder continues to hone his skills at Salford City FC who are based in Manchester, England and compete in the National League, the fifth tier of English football's pecking order.

“Salford is a club with huge ambitions and high standards with a wealth of competitive players and vastly knowledgeable coaching staff,” said Burrows, who is serving an apprenticeship with the club's under-18 squad.

Salford was founded in 1940 and taken over in 2014 by Giggs, the Neville siblings, Scholes, Butt and majority shareholder and businessman Peter Lim. Beckham purchased a 10 per cent share from Lim in January of this year.

“It's a privilege and honour and also humbling being involved with the owners who were world-renowned players who have high expectations on and off the pitch also with emphasis on a life after football,” Burrows added.

The 18-year-old was scouted by Salford while participating in UK trials and agreed to the terms of a two-year deal in 2017 which expires next month. Under the terms of the deal the former Somerset youth player trains full-time and attends Trafford College weekly while being paid a wage.

Before joining the club, Burrows got adjusted to the cut and thrust of the English game during stints at Hough End Griffins Soccer Club and the Manchester United Foundation.

“My experience playing in England so far has been great, filled with plenty of highs as well as some lows,” he said. “But the main thing I'll take from the experience is learning a lot about the game.”

One of the highlights for Burrows was being invited to train with the England “C” national squad.

“It was an honour to be asked to train with professional players and coaches with a wealth of knowledge at one of the highest levels,” he said.

Another highlight for the promising player was being a member of the Manchester FA squad that beat holders Norfolk 3-0 in the final to lift the FA County Cup for the first time last month.

“I felt blessed to be selected to take part in this competition and a great sense of accomplishment knowing we are the first team to win this trophy representing Manchester FA,” Burrows said.

Manchester FA prevailed with goals from Taylor Dyson [two] and Anointed Chukwu.

Burrows played up to the under-14 level at Somerset before moving to the UK to further his football career and educational opportunities.

Smart move: Simeone Burrows signing his Salford City deal overlloked by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs (photogrpah Salford City)
Simone Burrows helped Manchester FA win their first FA County Cup title

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Published May 02, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 02, 2019 at 1:03 am)

In the presence of greatness

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