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Guiseley prospects Lewis Hey and Adam Haw are currently spending time with Brentford on trial.

Midfielder Hey, who has also previously trained with Stoke City and Sunderland, this week agreed a new contract for next season at Guiseley.


Speaking about a recent game against Chelsea’s Under-23 side, Hey told the National League North club’s website:

“I felt very proud of myself and felt that I held my own at that level against a team of lads who are all future pros. We have enjoyed the trials at these clubs and the full-time training is keeping us fit and preparing us for the season ahead.

“I am feeling the most confident I have ever felt about my game.”
 

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Yeah, formerly Brentford Bees and Griffins etc. I bet a handful of these lads have featured as trialists.
If the Tweet was from the CEFA then according to the tweet he was the first, although I have a vague memory that we have trialed a Goalkeeper from the Trust sometime ago, but then my memory is getting vaguer by the day!
 

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Guiseley prospects Lewis Hey and Adam Haw are currently spending time with Brentford on trial.

Midfielder Hey, who has also previously trained with Stoke City and Sunderland, this week agreed a new contract for next season at Guiseley.


Speaking about a recent game against Chelsea’s Under-23 side, Hey told the National League North club’s website:

“I felt very proud of myself and felt that I held my own at that level against a team of lads who are all future pros. We have enjoyed the trials at these clubs and the full-time training is keeping us fit and preparing us for the season ahead.

“I am feeling the most confident I have ever felt about my game.”
Hey-Haw? Sounds like a bit of a donkey.
Are you a day early for April fools?
 

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If the Tweet was from the CEFA then according to the tweet he was the first, although I have a vague memory that we have trialed a Goalkeeper from the Trust sometime ago, but then my memory is getting vaguer by the day!
If I remember rightly, Ellery Balcombe and David Titov played for Brentford Bees/Griffins, plus a Greek lad who has made it back in Greece. There's probably loads that have trialed and we just don't know about, given the secrecy surrounding trialists.
 

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Another fantastic day for the B team today. Excellent performance from Roerslev and then Bidstrup and Stevens coming on from the bench. Part of me though does feel it's a shame we didn't have at least one or tow of their excellent front three on the bench today. Surely we could find space for them instead of the 4 defenders we had?
 

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Another fantastic day for the B team today. Excellent performance from Roerslev and then Bidstrup and Stevens coming on from the bench. Part of me though does feel it's a shame we didn't have at least one or tow of their excellent front three on the bench today. Surely we could find space for them instead of the 4 defenders we had?
With the formation today, I guess they've got a bit closer to the first team.
 

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I'd say Gus Mog as well, but in terms of someone who would be better utilised as a sub for the first team at the moment, Lachlan "Lachy" Brook.
 

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I'd say Gus Mog as well, but in terms of someone who would be better utilised as a sub for the first team at the moment, Lachlan "Lachy" Brook.
Brook definitely. Mogensen would have undoubtedly have had a chance this season if he hadn't picked up an injury, along with the likes of Maghoma and Hockenhull I think.
 

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He's a strange one as on occasion it seems like he's flitted between being a bit of a carthorse (didn't he have a spell where it seemed like he was scoring own goals and getting red cards for fun?) and being good.

One thing that's recently occurred to me is that while we know they basically recruited a whole new B team last summer, if you look at who is contracted next season, Winterbottom, Crama, Hocks, The Ox (Oksanen), Adams, Brook, Gilbert, Haygarth and Mogensen will all reach the ages of 20 or 21 during the course of the campaign. 20 seems to be the age at which players start to get frozen out, so who knows, maybe these gazillion trialists are being tried because there will be an attempt to recruit the bulk of another new team, in anticipation of a large number of loans out next season? Maghoma and Pressley as well, we don't know how long their contracts last, but both will be 20 next season.
 

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He's a strange one as on occasion it seems like he's flitted between being a bit of a carthorse (didn't he have a spell where it seemed like he was scoring own goals and getting red cards for fun?) and being good.

One thing that's recently occurred to me is that while we know they basically recruited a whole new B team last summer, if you look at who is contracted next season, Winterbottom, Crama, Hocks, The Ox (Oksanen), Adams, Brook, Gilbert, Haygarth and Mogensen will all reach the ages of 20 or 21 during the course of the campaign. 20 seems to be the age at which players start to get frozen out, so who knows, maybe these gazillion trialists are being tried because there will be an attempt to recruit the bulk of another new team, in anticipation of a large number of loans out next season? Maghoma and Pressley as well, we don't know how long their contracts last, but both will be 20 next season.
I know what you mean re Hockenhull but the last few games I saw him play (which admittedly was a while ago), he looked v assured and v good on the ball. The kind of centre back who brings the ball out that we don't currently have. I really like Kane O Connor but he could also find himself on the way out despite being one of our best players at this level. The fact that he's not really made any impact on the first team squad would suggest that he's perhaps not going to make the step up here. There's a fair possibility that the CBs aren't all injured and that some in fact are on trial elsewhere.. Koutsimouka, for example I'd be v surprised if he was still with us next season. Maybe that's also the case with KOC and Hockenhull?

Oksanen's an interesting one. He was outstanding for the B team from the moment he came in, but whilst he's had a bit of game time with AFC he's not particularly stood out and all of a sudden there's Norgaard, Janelt and Bidstrup as DM competition. I think he only signed a one year extension as well? Gilbert and Haygarth appeared to be mostly training with the first team so wouldn't be surprised to see them offered new contracts and promoted. Pressley and Mogensen may well merit a loan in League One or similar. I think Pressley could probably do quite well.. There were rumours about us bringing in that young striker from Celtic so can't see them both playing for the B team next year.

Crama I'm not sure about, the new lad Robb looks much better already on the few appearances he's had this season. Maghoma looks a very talented player but he's had a nightmare with injuries this season so I guess it's just a case of seeing how well he recovers and taking it from there.. We certainly seem to be upping the level of player we bring in. You only have to look at how some of the B teamers have dropped in this season to see that. The next step though is having the faith to start them regularly which becomes more difficult the higher the level we're competing at at first team level.. Difficult decisions!!
 

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Ah but who gave him the gum eh?
It was a stitch up by Sam Saunders......

Sam later fined Max for his poor showing in that interview. It’s now used as a training video for the B team; “How not to conduct oneself on camera.”

Sam can now tick off that subject for his UEFA Pro license.

What a nasty bloke SS is to young naive footballers. 😐
 

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I'd say Gus Mog as well, but in terms of someone who would be better utilised as a sub for the first team at the moment, Lachlan "Lachy" Brook.
As far as I remember, Mogensen once got a place on the bench last season, and is now back after a bad injury, so he will also be my favorite. Can't actually understand he hasn't been in the squad more often
 
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I know what you mean re Hockenhull but the last few games I saw him play (which admittedly was a while ago), he looked v assured and v good on the ball. The kind of centre back who brings the ball out that we don't currently have. I really like Kane O Connor but he could also find himself on the way out despite being one of our best players at this level. The fact that he's not really made any impact on the first team squad would suggest that he's perhaps not going to make the step up here. There's a fair possibility that the CBs aren't all injured and that some in fact are on trial elsewhere.. Koutsimouka, for example I'd be v surprised if he was still with us next season. Maybe that's also the case with KOC and Hockenhull?

Oksanen's an interesting one. He was outstanding for the B team from the moment he came in, but whilst he's had a bit of game time with AFC he's not particularly stood out and all of a sudden there's Norgaard, Janelt and Bidstrup as DM competition. I think he only signed a one year extension as well? Gilbert and Haygarth appeared to be mostly training with the first team so wouldn't be surprised to see them offered new contracts and promoted. Pressley and Mogensen may well merit a loan in League One or similar. I think Pressley could probably do quite well.. There were rumours about us bringing in that young striker from Celtic so can't see them both playing for the B team next year.

Crama I'm not sure about, the new lad Robb looks much better already on the few appearances he's had this season. Maghoma looks a very talented player but he's had a nightmare with injuries this season so I guess it's just a case of seeing how well he recovers and taking it from there.. We certainly seem to be upping the level of player we bring in. You only have to look at how some of the B teamers have dropped in this season to see that. The next step though is having the faith to start them regularly which becomes more difficult the higher the level we're competing at at first team level.. Difficult decisions!!
I thought it was Glasgow Rangers, not Celtic. Oksanen is an interesting one. I think he has dropped down the list. Though if VJ was signed as an 8, maybe there is space. Depends if Norgaard goes in the summer. I don't know what sort of reviews Oksanen is getting. He only got 10 minutes in their drubbing of Accrington. Joe Adams is 20 now and Arthur Read is 22 in November.
 

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I thought it was Glasgow Rangers, not Celtic. Oksanen is an interesting one. I think he has dropped down the list. Though if VJ was signed as an 8, maybe there is space. Depends if Norgaard goes in the summer. I don't know what sort of reviews Oksanen is getting. He only got 10 minutes in their drubbing of Accrington. Joe Adams is 20 now and Arthur Read is 22 in November.
Oh yes, you could be right, Rangers.. I've only seen a few snippets from AFC fans but they seem to like him. WhoScored hasn't rated him particularly highly though but that always seems heavily loaded towards attacking/creative players. He seems to have got a little run of games recently though didn't start the last game. Wonder whether he could be re-imagined as a ball playing CB like Norgaard? Arthur Read is a great little player but I think the loan to Stevenage was more geared to getting him a move at the end of the season than anything else. I'd imagine similar with Adams as he's not got anywhere near the first team squad and players like Gilbert and Haygarth have overtaken him.
 
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Oh yes, you could be right, Rangers.. I've only seen a few snippets from AFC fans but they seem to like him. WhoScored hasn't rated him particularly highly though but that always seems heavily loaded towards attacking/creative players. He seems to have got a little run of games recently though didn't start the last game. Wonder whether he could be re-imagined as a ball playing CB like Norgaard? Arthur Read is a great little player but I think the loan to Stevenage was more geared to getting him a move at the end of the season than anything else. I'd imagine similar with Adams as he's not got anywhere near the first team squad and players like Gilbert and Haygarth have overtaken him.
I alway thought Oksanen played in the CN role. I hope they all go on to produce something. I feared that maybe Oksanen was going to be like the young German midfielder. Huge promise, and I think the first name on the Rob Rowan debut board, but I think now playing in third tier German football.
 

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Quite a nice little video about the Ireland v Wales U21 match which featured Shepherd, Stevens, Adams and Gilbert..

 

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A bit after the fact, but this lad played for the B team vs Forest Green Rovers last month. One of his teammates was also here.

 

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A bit after the fact, but this lad played for the B team vs Forest Green Rovers last month. One of his teammates was also here.

Hey and Haw apparently! Seems like what we’re doing is of benefit all round. We get to look at young non-league prospects closely and they get to keep fit and get some game time in while the non-league season is suspended
 

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Going by a post from Mads R, I’d say Mogensen has another bad injury to deal with
 

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Looking through their squad, can't work out who the number 24 was. Suspect he was a Trialist.
 

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Looked to me like he was holding his shoulder and when he came back on for a few minutes his arm was hanging rather limply. Broken collarbone from bad landing after the tackle maybe?
 

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Forss, Sorenson, Roerslev and Bidstrup all putting in top performances in a Championship game today (with an added cameo from Stevens too). How good is that from a B team perspective? Everything the club has been working towards and plenty more to come I think.. :sorted:
 

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