Five Trialists Came, Did Five Go?
Burnley`s second string secured the runners-up spot in the Central League West Division last Monday night by beating Tranmere Rovers 3-1 at Turf Moor. One little fact that perhaps went unnoticed was that the club actually named five trialists in the sixteen with five making the starting eleven and one coming on from the bench!
It is widely known that the club are reluctant to talk about trialists and in the past have even gone as far as not even naming them on the team sheet listing them as 'A N Other` or similar! The club`s media manager, Daz Bentley has often provided rationale for this approach during match commentaries on 'Clarets Player` based around the fact that so many come and go it`s not worth raising expectations.
So would fans expectations have been raised knowing there were no less than FIVE trialists on display in last week`s reserve game on Monday night? You would think maybe the law of averages would suggest we might offer terms to at least one of them but it`s all gone quiet again. Indeed by the following Friday, the Reserves were in action again in their final match of the season at home to Macclesfield. They won that one too by the same score line but this time the five trialists from Monday night had been replaced by another different five. So had all original five trialists returned home empty-handed to be replaced by another five on show? Who knows and certainly the club are not about to spill the beans so we shall all have to wait and see.
All we can do is name the five trialists from Monday night and provide a little bit of information about them so we will!
First of all we had two players arrive from Hednesford Town namely duo Chris Clements and Cheyenne Dunkley.
Clements has caught the eye of a number of Football League clubs this season after scoring 17 goals from midfield and indeed he was also on the score sheet during his trial for the Clarets against Tranmere on Monday night scoring one of our three goals. Both Birmingham and Nottingham Forest are reported to have an interest in the 22 year old along with the Clarets
Defender, Cheyenne Dunkley has also been impressive for the Northern Premier League Premier Division club this season. The 20 year old caught the eye of Birmingham boss, Chris Hughton earlier in the season and he spent a week at the club back in February trying to impress the Brum gaffer. No deal though was forthcoming.
Both players used to play for Crewe before linking up at Hednesford and it is understood they are both keen to get back into the professional ranks. Clements signed his first professional contract with Crewe in April 2009 was released by the club when his contract expired at the end of 2009-10 season. During his time on the books at Gresty Road, he spent a lot of the time out on loan and had stints with Nantwich Town, Leigh Genesis, Stafford Rangers and Icelandic club ÍBV. He then had a loan spell at Hednesford before joining them on a permanent deal in 2010. Dunkley signed for Hednesford on a permanent basis in July 2010 after initially joining the club on work experience from Coca Cola League Two side Crewe Alexandra in January 2010.
Another trialist on show was former Darlington keeper, Nick Liversedge. He joined Darlington in November 2007, after progressing through Rotherham United's Centre of Excellence but he found it hard to break into the first team and finished up going to non-league Whitby Town on loan in the first of three spells for the club. He was released by the club following Darlo`s relegation from League 2 in 2010 joining Whitby Town on a permanent deal in June 2010. Following a brief spell at Jarrow Roofing he rejoined Whitby last year. The 23 year old is now looking to get his career back on track and will be hoping Burnley will give him a lifeline so he can return to the professional game.
Miidfielder, Paul Jetta was the fourth trialist to make the starting eleven for Burnley Reserves last Monday night. He was probably the most impressive of the trialists too against Tranmere. The 21 year old Gambian currently plays for Danish Superliga side, Brøndby.
The last trialist on show was Daniel Flores who came on from the bench against Tranmere in the 67th minute. We can find very little information about him so apologies for that! Could he be the US striker who plays in California? Oh well, we probably won`t sign him anyway!!