Yeovil Town are taking four new players on trial as part of this week's trip to North Devon. The quartet of strikers Dean Bowditch, Hamdi Razak, Sam Williams and defender Niall McArdle will play in this week's fixtures and spend the week in Devon as part of the South West Challenge Cup tournament.
Twenty-three year old striker Dean Bowditch is probably the best known of the four. Born in Bishop's Stortford on June 15th 1986, he is a free agent having been released by Ipswich Town over the summer. He made 72 appearances at Portman Road, scoring eight goals, although much of the hype about his time with the Tractor Boys came up front after he became the youngest Ipswich player to score a first team hat-trick, at the age of 17. A series of injuries saw his career stutter, and since then he has had a series of loan spells with Burnley, Wycombe Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion (twice), Northampton Town and Brentford.
Hamdi Razak is another 23 year old born in Paris on October 8th 1985. He was released by Swindon Town over the summer, having made three appearances. He started his career playing for French amateur clubs US Chantilly, FC Les Lilas, Levallois SC and FC Igny before trialling for Dutch side RBC Roosendaal and Kent non-leaguers Dover Athletic. He finally got lucky with his first professional contract with Swindon in January 2009, but was released after just three matches.
The third striker is Sam Williams, who was born in Greenwich on June 9th 1987. He is on the books of Aston Villa although has yet to trouble their first team. Loan spells with Wrexham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Walsall and Brentford have given him first team experience. He has also turned out for Hereford United on trial during this pre-season. He is the only one of the four trialists who is currently with a club.
Finally Niall McArdle is a central defender recently released by Sunderland who started his career with Republic of Ireland side Home Farm - the same academy that produced former Glovers midfielder Stephen Maher. He has represented Ireland at U15, U16, U17 and U19 level and is 19 years old.
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