NEW Western Isles Island Games Association mens football manager Eric ‘Strada’ Macleod admits he has been delighted with the early response to trials for his squad.
Macleod, who took over the post with assistant Magnus Johnson last month, hosted their very first open trial session this week and despite only 12 players able to turn out on the day Macleod has been in touch with almost 40 players already.
“We had 27 official call offs due to injury or boys working and that’s just boys who actually contacted either myself or Magnus so adding that to the 12 boys who played in the trial that’s 39 on our first session,” explained Macleod.
“It was a very positive response and I don’t think the late notice for the trial helped us but time is on our side to give everyone a chance and build a squad to compete at the Jersey Island Games in 2015.
“Even outwith the 39 players mentioned there is plenty time for any player in the Western Isles to get in touch or come along and earn a chance.”
Next for Macleod and Johnson is a trip to Benbecula to run the rule over the talent on Uist, Barra and Benbecula with an open trial confirmed for Saturday, October 27, at Sgoil Lionacleit before a second trial in Stornoway on Saturday, November 3.
“We have just started out,” continued Macleod, “but it has been so positive so far and the young boys who came along last Saturday did really well, impressed us and all of them are keen to come along again next time.
“Of course we would have liked more bodies on the day but considering the short notice we gave for the trials and the response we have had on the phones then we’re happy with the numbers.”