CHESTER CITY are giving trials to two young players from Thailand, which could lead to a stronger relationship between City and the Thai Football Association.
Sompong Soleb, an 18-year-old striker who has represented his country at under-20 level, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Nattapol Plyabatiskul, both travelled with City's reserve team to yesterday's Pontins League match at Macclesfield Town to watch proceedings.
The players' trip to the United Kingdom has been sponsored by the Thai-based multi-national brewery Chang Beers, who also have a sponsorship link-up with Everton. City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "The two lads and a representative from the Thailand FA were guests at Monday's home game against Bury, and I think they liked what they saw. "We will offer the two youngsters our usual hospitality, and they can also train with us. We will have a look at them, and obviously their national association will be looking at us."
Vaughan added: "There is a possibility we can come to an arrangement with the Thai FA. They are anxious to place their younger players with English clubs, so they can benefit from our excellent training methods, and we can take on players who we consider can make it in the Football League. It is extremely exciting."
Meanwhile Vaughan revealed Chester are watching their close-season targets Greg Blundell and John Doolan, who are playing on Friday night in Doncaster Rovers' match against Colchester United. City's reserve side lost 1-0 yesterday to Macclesfield Reserves at Moss Rose.