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Ryan King - Aged 17 - Trialled With Chelsea And Lincoln City

Ryan King - Aged 17 - Trialled With Chelsea And Lincoln City



17-year-old Ryan King was scouted from our West London event in April 2022 by Chelsea, Lincoln City, AFC Hayes and Hartley Wintney.

 After learning that he had been scouted, Ryan was contacted by both Chelsea and Lincoln and invited to trial with both clubs.

We caught up with Ryan to discuss his journey so far, why he chose to attend our event and what has happened since.

First we asked Ryan to talk us through his footballing background, he explained: "I started playing football at my local team until the age of nine where I then moved to Arsenal soccer schools (Dorset) playing a year up in the Junior Premier League." 

"From the age of 12-15 I played county football and played JPL football with Dorset RTC and BSC UNITED."

"U15 I played for Wimborne town in their academy system. Whilst I was at Wimborne I was training with the older age groups." 

"U16 I played at Eastleigh's academy and earned my scholarship but that same preseason I got offers from multiple national league clubs. I also trained with many mens teams ranging from step3-5."

"Later that preseason I got scouted by Sutton United and got an offer. Ever since I have been trying to get my name out there by going to Uk Football Trial event and contacting clubs."

With such an impressive background, we were curious as to why Ryan chose to attend one of our events, he told us: "I think the reason why I wasn’t getting noticed by any clubs was because I was not the most physical player on the pitch or the most physical attacker. However, I have now developed and going to play in front of scouts at Uk Football Trials was definitely a good decision because I could show my physicality as well and my other attributes."

Moving onto his time with both Chelsea and Lincoln, we asked Ryan what the experience was like. He said: "My trials at Chelsea and Lincoln City was outstanding! I enjoyed every second of it and I liked the intensity of both clubs. Both the managers and all the staff were very pleasant and welcoming"

With such a positive experience with both clubs, we wanted to know what the outcome was from both Chelsea and Lincoln City, he told us: "Chelsea said that they want to keep in contact with me and said that they hope to bring me back at a later date but currently they haven’t offered me anything. With Lincoln they called to say that they will be hoping to bring me back in preseason which I am very excited about."

Ryan's advice for players looking to get noticed by big clubs is: "The advice I would give to players that are yet to get noticed is to always stay composed on the ball and play for fun."

UK Football Trials are delighted for Ryan and will keep in contact with him to track his progress.

You can find Ryan on Instagram by searching @r.k1n9

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