League One side Rotherham United recently added 14-year-old goalkeeper Harvey Giles to their ranks after scouting him at our Derby event back in May.
Harvey was in good form at our trial, attracting attention and being scouted by three clubs, which included Rotherham, Chesterfield and Guiseley.
This was Harvey’s first time attending our event, opting to come along after spending time playing academy football for a Championship side.
Talking to Harvey he told us: “I was signed by Barnsley from my grassroots team West End Terriers. I was at Barnsley for I think three years before being released recently. I chose to come to your event because I really wanted to get back into academy football. I want to be a professional footballer so I just tried again and see if I could get anywhere else.”
“I was released from Barnsley because I wasn’t performing in matches as well as I was in training, they wanted me to be more consistent as fullback as a high starting keeper.” He added.
Once he was notified about how well he did at our event, Harvey explained what happened next, stating: “After your event I played in a trial game for Guiseley and I was invited to train with Chesterfield. However, Rotherham wanted to sign me so I decided to sign with them rather than going on trial with Chesterfield.”
Unbelievably, after seeing Harvey at our event between the sticks, Rotherham were so confident with his abilities that they didn’t even ask him to trial for the club. He told us: “I never actually had a trial with Rotherham, they just emailed me and asked me to sign. Guiseley wanted me to stay and have another game with them but I opted to sign with Rotherham. They sent over all the forms and I’m starting with them in August.”
UK Football Trials would like to firstly congratulate Harvey and secondly wish him the best of luck with Rotherham. He displayed the perfect attitude after being released by Barnsley, exploring different avenues to get back into academy football rather than giving up.
Since signing, Harvey has played for Rotherham, Keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win!
We wish him the best of luck and hope he can continue to thrive with the club.