Romford boss hails trial success

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 June 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin casts eye over 240 hopefuls

Romford boss Paul Martin ran the rule over 240 young footballers at the club’s annual open trials last weekend.

Around 180 were put through their paces on the Saturday, with a further 60 taking to the field a day later to try and impress Martin and his coaching staff.

And Martin admitted he was more than happy with the superb response, saying: “We have 15 players coming back on June 28 for pre-season from 248 trialists.

“That’s a lot of players when you consider that we’re unable to pay wages, so it’s great from my point of view.

“Ten or twelve of these have never played football at this level so we are giving them a chance to play and get in the shop window.”

When it comes to signing players Martin has his hands firmly tied – it’s just not an option.

But the trials have proved a great way of attracting young and hungry talent to the club in the past and Martin thinks more teams should try it.

“Most players in and around the division expect to be paid £50 or £60 a week to play and we just can’t afford that,” he added.

“We do trials every summer and I think more clubs should do it because it gives players a chance.

“It also helps you get the right players because they’re there to play football rather than just earn some money.”

As well as the boost of adding extra players to the squad the Romford boss also revealed he is not expecting any of last season’s squad to move on ahead of the new Ryman Division One North campaign.

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