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offline JimGNFC

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From todays Daily Mail (P77):

"Portsmouth are banking on a Pop-Idol style scheme to unearth a new star.

Over the next few months, thousands of non-league footballers will be invited by Sky TV to take part in a series of nationwide five-a-side trials.

The winner will be offered a £1000-a-week professional contract at Fratton Park next season.

Club Chief Executive Peter Storrie said last night "We think its a great idea. Its unique and you never know, we may get a big surprise."

Presumably many of G&N players will get an invite?

offline fat fleet bloke

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didn't nigel spink try something like this we he was at forest green rovers?

offline Jimmy

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Steve Watts at Dagenham won a similar competition run by "The Sun" where he won a contract at Orient.

Perhaps this is something the club could consider doing during the close season for a weekend or so. They have nothing to lose and may unearth a good player.

offline Richard C

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Seen a few good players in the sunday league and kent league that could! and i mean could play at conf level. Currently play with an ex fleet player of a few years ago.... the talent is out there.......

offline James

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Sorry shouldnt the management team be doing this anyway we always uesd to attract local talent

offline Stu B

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Didn't Andy find Danny Lye in a sunday league?

offline MHL

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I don't have much knowledge of the GNFC Squad, but we have a hugh number of Local League sides in this area, so maybe we could pick a budding star from a Local Side?
I'm woeful but on the few occasions I've pulled on the Boots I've come up against some quality players among the Local Sides.

offline mikef

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Unfortunately the youth management of G&N aren't really interested in players from local league sides, they would rather bring in a complete side from the Maidstone League even when they couldn't win against the existing lads. Hopefully this attitude doesn't go all the way to the top.

Mike F

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