Sam may get chance to play with Beckham

FROM the Ridgeons League to playing beside David Beckham for LA Galaxy in the USA MLS League seems too far fetched to be true.Roy of the Rovers would even find that too big a jump.

Elvin King

FROM the Ridgeons League to playing beside David Beckham for LA Galaxy in the USA MLS League seems too far fetched to be true.

Roy of the Rovers would even find that too big a jump.

But it is a feasible possibility for 21-year-old striker Sam Newson, who has scored 22 goals in 14 games for Ridgeons League Premier Division Stanway Rovers.


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Newson lives in East Bergholt with his twin Ben, who is also on Stanway's books.

And he could get the chance to have a trial with Beckham's current club.

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Trevor James is a former Ridgeons League player who is now assistant coach and director of player development under head coach Bruce Arena at the Home Depot Center-based club, who lead the Western standings in the MLS.

He watched Felixstowe and Walton play during a recent trip back to Suffolk to take in the Newcastle United match at Portman Road when the north stand was re-named in memory of Sir Bobby Robson.

James, who knew Robson from the former Ipswich Town manager's time at Barcelona, has contacted Felixstowe coach Tony Kinsella asking if there is a player he could recommend for the American club to have a look at.

“I have forwarded Sam's name,” said Kinsella. “He has done exceptionally well this season and is a proven goalscorer.”

The Newson twins are the only players Stanway have under contract, and Sam, who scored four against Walsham-le-Willows last weekend, had a chance to move last summer.

He preferred to stay - with his contract ending next summer.

Brantham manager Tony Hall had the Newson twins at his club before they left for Stanway, and he thinks a professional club could do worse than take a look at Sam.

“He and his twin are both quality players and Sam is a very good finisher,” said Hall.

“I think he could step up and would not blame a bigger club if they took a chance on him.”

Brantham have their own youngster interesting a professional team with 16-year-old midfielder/striker Remi Garret recently having a fortnight's trial with Ipswich Town.

“He is back with us now and Ipswich are continuing to monitor him,” said Hall. “There has also been plenty of other interest in him.”

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