Sunday 18 August, 2019

Former JC Manning Cup standout Norman Campbell on trial at Stoke City

Former Jamaica College Digicel Manning Cup standout, Norman Campbell (right) and former Jamaica and Stoke City forward, Ricardo Fuller at the  Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Former Jamaica College Digicel Manning Cup standout, Norman Campbell (right) and former Jamaica and Stoke City forward, Ricardo Fuller at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Former Jamaica College (JC) Digicel Manning Cup standout, Norman Campbell is now on trial at English Premier League Club Stoke City FC.

If Campbell impresses, like he did in March when seven schoolboy footballers journeyed to Stoke for a series of training and mentoring sessions at the club's football academy, he could land a contract with Stoke City's Under 23 side.

The March visit and the current trial sessions for Campbell were arranged by Digicel Ambassador and former Stoke City forward,  Ricardo Fuller.

In March, Campbell reportedly impressed coaches who placed him among the U-23 team members on the final two days of training. 

“I am absolutely very elated and over the moon, very happy about Norman Campbell’s selection by Stoke City for a proper trial which will involve two trial games in the week, beginning from the 22nd of July and (which) concludes on the 29th" Fuller said.

He said Campbell will have training sessions in between the trial games.

“I absolutely wish him all the best and I hope he does himself proud and obviously represents the Digicel banner as well.

“I am really proud, and his family (too) and obviously Jamaica as well. I would be really proud if he is signed by the club and have a successful trial that would make me a very proud person and an ambassador for the programme,” Fuller added.

Fuller is a former Jamaican international striker.

He last represented the Reggae Boyz in 2012 and played for Stoke between 2006 and 2012 during which the wily forward scored 50 times. He played for Tivoli Gardens in the local Red Stripe Premier League before plying his trade in England.

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