Youngsters impress in Lancaster City trials event

Lancaster City boss Mark Fell (photo: Tony North)Lancaster City boss Mark Fell (photo: Tony North)
Lancaster City boss Mark Fell (photo: Tony North)
Lancaster City boss Mark Fell is hopeful that he may have uncovered one or two gems to bolster his squad for next season.

The club held a trials event last weekend for young players looking to relaunch their careers in semi-professional football.

More than 40 players took part in the event which targeted mainly players who have been released by Football League clubs and Fell revealed a number of them had caught his eye.

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“It went really well,” said Fell. “There were lots of good young players – players who weren’t actually on our radar who have come out of clubs.

“That’s good for us because it’s meant we have had a wider reach than what we have had before.

“What it all means for us is that we are certainly going to invite a few of them back into training with us and we’ll see where that goes.

“There were actually a lot of professional clubs in attendance who would have had a look at a number of them potentially.

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“So it was a very worthwhile exercise and we will just have to wait and see what it ultimately brings us.

“If it means that we will get a couple of players in for next season who could add to our squad then that would mean last weekend was a very worthwhile exercise.

“I guess it remains to be seen at the moment but we have certainly touched base with a few of them.

“It’s always difficult to pick the standard of a player at an event like that.

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“You have to sort of look at and understand the standard that everybody is at.

“We will have to put them with our players and then we will have a better understanding of exactly where they are at.

“There were certainly a number of players who looked the part and looked like they could manage playing at Northern Premier League standard.”

Meanwhile, the club has announced details of a pre-season tournament which they will host towards the end of July.

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City will be joined by Clitheroe, Ashton Athletic and Nelson for the inaugural Lockstep Trophy.

Two semi-finals will take place at Giant Axe with City taking on Nelson on Tuesday, July 20 with Ashton and Clitheroe locking horns a day later on Wednesday, July 21.

The winners will then go on to contest the grand final on Saturday, July 24.