Lancaster City set for Barbados tour

Lancaster City are heading to Barbados.
Lancaster City are heading to Barbados.
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Lancaster City are set for an unusual pre-season trip - to Barbados.

The Dolly Blues are sending an under 23 side to the Kickstart International Invitational Football Tournament later this month in a move that represents something of a coup for the club.

Lancaster City coach Georgie Norrie is unimpressed against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Stefan Willoughby

Lancaster City coach Georgie Norrie is unimpressed against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Stefan Willoughby

And first-team coach George Norrie, who engineered the trip, is hoping it will be the start of a fruitful relationship for the club with players potentially coming over from the Caribbean island to play at Giant Axe.

He said: “We’re really looking forward to it.

“We see it being a lasting thing, we don’t want it to be a one off.

“Going with Darren (Peacock, head coach) it will be great for the profile of the club.

“You never know who you’re going to pick up. It could be the next Didier Drogba. You don’t know until you try.”

The connection comes through Norrie’s friendship with former City man Michael Yates who now works for Liverpool’s academy.

Yates has taken teams to the competition before and put Norrie in touch with David Porter, director of coaching at Kickstart Football Club in Barbados, leading to the invitation.

The week away in Christ Church from June 30 will incorporate four games, with a fifth if Peacock’s side make the final.

The squad will include some of City’s youngsest players with Billy Akrigg, Simon Wearing and Jacob Davis set to be the most senior to travel to take on teams from Canada, the United States and other Caribbean islands.

Norrie said: “Liverpool and Chelsea have been over before and I hope this is something that can work for both parties.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our younger lads.

“We’re really looking forward to it. I’ve never heard of a non-league club going out there.

“It’s phenomenal, we’re really pleased to get an invite.”

The Dolly Blues are set to reap the rewards of the relationship with right from the off as they take a look at Barbadian Raheem Sargeant.

Norrie said: “Raheem was on trial with me at Dundee.

“We’ve sorted his clearance and he’ll play for us over there and then hopefully be with us next season.”