15-year-old goalkeeper Danar Strzelec Farag was scouted from our five day training and trial camp by Chelsea, Manchester United and Portsmouth after a very impressive performance with us.
We caught up with Danar to discuss his football history, why he chose to attend our event and what has happened since.
First, we asked Danar to talk us through his footballing background, he explained: "My football history is quite funny. I started off playing with my primary school football team as a defender but our goalkeeper didn’t turn up for one of our games and as I was the tallest they put me in goal."
"After primary school, I joined a Street League team for around one year and then I was scouted by a Highland League team Clachnacuddin where I played for about two years."
"After this I was approached by Inverness Caley Thistle and was asked if I would like to play for them and signed a two year deal until U16s."
Danar's reason for attending our event was quite unfortunate, he told us: "The reason why I decided to attend UK Football Trials is because during my time at Caley I had a not so nice coach. When I progressed to U16 he told me that I am not good enough or worth his time. From here I was released around three weeks later. Because of this I decided to attend the five day camp to see if I am good enough or not."
Danar's decision paid off, catching the attention of scouts from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United as well as Portsmouth!
The first club to invited Danar down for a session was Chelsea who offered him the chance to play in a showcase game. He told us: "So the showcase game I went to was absolutely amazing! All of the staff and coaches were so welcoming. I found the experience very helpful, I got to show the scouts what I am able to do and hopefully made an impact."
When asked whether there had been any feedback or decisions made Danar told us: "There hasn’t been a solid decision of whether I have passed or not but the coaches and staff did say I did well and little tweaks could’ve made a massive difference but no one’s perfect we all make mistakes."
We asked Danar for advice for players in a similar position to himself, he said: "My advice for young players is don’t let people tell you that you’re not good enough. If you work hard and dedicate yourself to the sport I can guarantee you that you will succeed. Also, if you aren’t exposed to many scouts I would honestly recommend UK Football Trials."
Everyone at UK Football Trials is delighted for Danar and wish him the best of luck with Chelsea. We will continue to share updates as they come in.