Former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney and former Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready are both on trial at Huish Park, as they aim to find new clubs. The duo were a selection of nine trialists fielded last night at Weymouth, with fans having to play detective in order to identify players named as just 'Trialist' on the teamsheet.
The end result was that there were a number of players on the pitch that those present managed to fairly easily identify, along with a few more that may need to be seen again during daylight hours.
Striker Louis Rooney is a former Plymouth Argyle youth product. Born in Plymouth on September 28th 1996 (aged 20) he joined their Academy at the age of 9 years old and worked his way through the ranks. Being given a professional contract in June 2015, he was moved into their first team squad but struggled to break through, ultimately making only four appearances, with both of his goals coming against Hartlepool United. After a 2016 loan spell with Truro City that saw him score three goals, Hartlepool then picked him up on transfer deadline day in January 2017. Unusually, the deal was actually completed at Huish Park, after Argyle had played a League Two match - his time at Victoria Park gave him seven appearances but no goals. He left Argyle at the end of last season.
Midfielder and right-back Tom McCready is a former Everton and Hibernian youth player. Born in Ellesmere Port on June 7th 1991 (aged 26 years old), his early first team career was a bit sketchy, playing for Altrincham, Chester and Welsh Premier League side Airbus. He then gained a scholarship from Limestone College in the USA between 2011 and 2014. On his return home, he spent half a season with Morecambe on a non-contract basis, before making 14 appearances. He then signed for Exeter City in February 2015, ultimately spending two-and-a-half years with the Grecians, but only making 19 appearances, scoring one goal. Much of his time there was disrupted through injury, with a groin problem being particularly persistent. He left Exeter at the end of last season.
There were also a number of other players present who fans believe they have identified, and are all free agents. These player names should be treated with a bit of caution, as they are unverified, but are believed to be as follows:
Right-back and midfielder Kevin Foley is a former Luton Town youth player. Born in Luton on November 1st 1984 (aged 32 years old) he joined the Hatters at the age of nine and spent five years as a professional player at Kenilworth Road, making 166 appearances and scoring five goals. In August 2007 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee. He spent eight seasons on their books, three of which were in the Premier League, and was their 2009 player of the season at the top level. He made 213 appearances for Wolves, with the vast majority coming in the top two divisions. At the tail end of his Wolves career, he had two loan spells with Blackpool covering nine games, before short spells with FC Copenhagen, Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City. He was released by the Sky Blues at the end of last season, having made 12 appearances across half a season.
Goalkeeper Peter Crook has been on the books of Harrogate Town. Born on April 22nd 1994 (aged 23 years old) he has been attracting the interests of a number of scouts. Burnley took him on trial during the summer of 2016 but didn't pursue it. He had been on the books of Harrogate since August 2013 and kept 19 clean sheets during their 2015-16 season. In addition to the confirmed Burnley trial, newspaper reports have claimed interest from other clubs although Harrogate specifically denied claims that Leeds and Swansea had shown interest last summer. At the end of last season, Crook made the decision to leave the club and so is now looking elsewhere.
Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams is a former Bristol City youth product. Born in Lambeth on May 17th 1988 (aged 29 years old), he started his professional career with City, where he made 36 appearances, scoring two goals across four seasons. He's tended to become a bit of a journeyman with loan spells with Cheltenham (twice), Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Hereford United during his early years, followed by short spells with Dundee United, St Johnstone and Stevenage following. His stay at Port Vale between 2012 and 2014 was more fruitful, giving him 101 appearances and 22 goals - probably the high point of his career. Since then short spells with Scunthorpe United, Tranmere (again) and Sligo Rovers saw him move to Newport County for the 2016-17 season where he made 30 appearances, scoring two goals. He had a short trial with the Glovers under Paul Sturrock but this did not lead to anything.
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