Footballers could win professional contracts

PUBLISHED: 21:00 21 September 2012

Jacob Staines playing for Weston's youth team

Jacob Staines playing for Weston's youth team

Joe Walshe

TWO talented young soccer players from Weston are in with a chance of winning a professional football contract at a league club.

Full-back Jacob Staines, aged 20, and winger David Walker, aged 22, have been shortlisted for the Win A Pro contract competition.

Two eventual winners will be offered contracts at Swindon Town and Leyton Orient.

Student Chris Smith won last year’s inaugural competition, and signed a contract with Swindon in February, making his first-team debut in May.

Mr Staines, of Walliscote Road, said: “I have been overlooked by pro clubs in the past but I am a better player now. This is a great opportunity for me.

“The competition is going to be tough but I think I have a good chance of going all the way and winning a professional contract.”

Both Mr Staines, who plays for Weston, and Mr Walker will take part in a series of trials and full matches watched by club scouts, Swindon manager Paulo Di Canio and Orient boss Russell Slade.

The winners will be chosen in January.

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