Liam shines with England College scouts
LOCAL SOCCER: Liam Jones from Stowmarket is one of five boys from West Suffolk College's Football School who have been called for final trials after impressing England Colleges FA scouts.
By Elvin King
LIAM Jones from Stowmarket is one of five boys from West Suffolk College's Football School who have been called for final trials after impressing England Colleges FA scouts.
Jones, along with Lee Sim and Kenny Brooks from Thetford, Jamie Challis from Haverhill and David Proctor from Bury St Edmunds have all made it through two regional trials and are in the last 32 players who will attend a two-day training camp at Lilleshall next week.
Head coach Danny Laws accompanied the boys to the two trials. They will now play for the South versus North before a final squad is selected.
"The boys have done the club proud with their efforts," said Laws.
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Another player from the Bury St Edmunds-based college is fighting back from injury, while Tommy Smith, 19, from Stowupland has shown he is back on goal-scoring form.
This is his third year at college, but the season has only just started for him after suffering a serious knee injury in the British Colleges Sport Centres for Football Excellence national cup final against Middlesbrough at Lilleshall last year.
Jonathan Warnock, football school manager said: Tommy has already reminded us what a talented player he is."
In one of his first games back he scored a goal in the away game against the College of West Anglia. He then played for Bury Town Reserves and scored a hat trick against Halstead Reserves.