Newcastle United have opted against offering a deal to EBAC Northern League striker Cedwyn Scott.
The Hebburn Town hotshot though is far from despondent and is still determined to forge a career in the professional game after his four-week trial with the Magpies.
As reported by the Shields Gazette, despite impressing the NUFC coaches in the two under-23 games he played against Leeds United and Norwich City and the friendly against Huddersfield Town he wasn’t able to secure a professional contract at NUFC.
One of the reasons given was that Scott turns 22 next year and realistically that meant he would only have a year to prove himself worthy of a longer contract something he himself feels was too short a timespan for it to work.
However, with the likes of Morecambe and our nearest and dearest Sunderland also reportedly interested, Scott’s dreams of a professional contract are still very much alive and he’ll continue to work hard to realise his dream.
I guess that’s bad news for Northern League defences if and when the Non-League scene at that level gets underway again as the prolific Cedwyn gets set to terrorise them all over again.
Was it too big a jump? Maybe but the experience and opportunity can only serve to make him a better player and give him the know-how of what it might take to progress. Plus, a trial with a Premier League side albeit an ultimately unsuccessful one is surely not bad to have on your CV.
Dreams like Cedwyn’s don’t often come true it seems but let’s think back a few years and consider four names amongst possibly others you can find. I give you Peter Cartwright, the late Steve Carney, Alan Shoulder and Chris Waddle.
All went from Non-League football and managed to carve out a decent career in professional football with the latter three and Waddle in particular very successful. Carney and Shoulder did really well at Newcastle after leaving Blyth Spartans and as for Waddle?
Tow Law to Marseille via Newcastle and 62 caps for England is the sort of career any young man setting off on the football journey would dream of. In the case of Waddle, the Toon bought him for £1,000 from Tow Law.
Then we got £590,000 for him when he moved to Spurs who in turn got £4.5m for him when he moved to Marseilles. At the time that was the third-highest transfer in World football! Not a bad return at all.
Can it still happen? Well, look at Jamie Vardy! £1m signing for Leicester from Fleetwood Town who were at the time a Conference side at the age of 25. He’s done and is still doing all right for himself!
So, let’s not commiserate with Cedwyn let’s thank him for his efforts, tell him to hold on to his dreams and wish him the absolute best of luck as he moves forward.