Glovers manager Russell Slade has announced his intentions to bring two young Sheffield United players to Huish Park next week on a trial basis. Both are part of the Premiership side's Academy system, and Russell has also stated that he is looking into clearance for them to play in next week's Somerset Premier Cup match against Welton Rovers.
Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon he said:
"I have two players coming down from Sheffield United next week. We're hopeful that if we get permission that they can maybe play in that Somerset Premier Cup match. Colin Marrison and Ryan Gyaki are coming in. Ryan is an attacking midfielder and Colin is a forward player. Colin was out at Bury on loan last season. They are only young but it would be nice to have a little look and see if there is anything in there for us."
Striker Colin Marrison was born on 23rd September 1985 and has had loan spells at League Two side Bury and non-leaguers Hinckley United and Leigh RMI. His official site describe him as a "versatile striker" who is a regular in the Sheffield United reserve team. He stands at 6'1". He has made three appearances for Sheffield United's first team, all in the League Cup, whilst he clocked up 16 appearances for Bury last season, without scoring. His loan periods at Hinckley and Leigh came during the 2004-05 season.
Midfielder Ryan Gyaki is a Canadian born on 6th December 1985 in Toronto, who is 5'10" tall. He is described as a "box-to-box midfielder" by his club. In January 2006 he was awarded by his country as Youth Player Of The Year for 2005 following a series of strong performances at Under 20 level.
In the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in Honduras in January 2005, Gyaki was responsible for all four of Canada’s goals. Canada and Gyaki first dispatched of Mexico 2-1 in the opener despite surrendering an early goal to the tricolores. Two days later against host Honduras, a deft lob from Gyaki an hour into the contest sealed Canada’s spot in the 2005 World Championships in Holland. Then, just to round off the three-game tournament, Gyaki entered the game against Jamaica with the score 0-0 as a 63rd minute substitute. It took him a mere 12 minutes to find his scoring touch and send the Reggae Boyz home pointless. Those performances effectively earnt him his professional contact at Bramhall Lane.
Despite sharing the same nationality as Glovers wide-man Gavin McCallum and both having played at Under 20s level, the two don't appear to have shared the same line-up in an international match. Ryan's Under 20s appearances came a year or two ahead of Gavin, so it is not clear whether the two know each other.
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