PROFESSIONAL clubs are running the rule over three of Airbus UK Broughton’s rising stars – and boss Craig Harrison could not be happier.
Former Manchester City midfielder Ashley Williams, from Chester, has started a trial at Blue Square Premier promotion pushers Wrexham.
Full-backs Ryan Edwards, formerly on the books of Wrexham, and Giovanni Feliciello, who until the summer was at Chester City, will go on trial with Football League clubs in the near future along with Williams.
Harrison reckons the attention they are attracting is good for the club.
He said: “I’ve worked hard to get these lads together and the reason they came to me and not to other clubs is that I told them they’d have a chance of getting into or getting back into a higher level of football.
“We’ve already got six or seven lads who used to be at professional clubs and something like this might convince players who get released to come to Airbus. They know if they come here they’ll have a chance of getting back into the professional game because scouts are coming down to watch Airbus.”
Harrison is not surprised that Williams, 21, Edwards, 20, and Feliciello, 19, are catching the eye and he believes the trio have the ability to break into full-time football.
Harrison, who played professionally for Middlesbrough, Preston North End and Crystal Palace, said: “Ashley is training with Wrexham and he, Ryan and Gio will probably be spending a short time at a couple of Football League clubs within the next two or three months.
“I’m not surprised as, ability-wise, they’ve all got it. So if a full-time club gets hold of them and trains them every day, they will become fitter and better players.
“It was only 18 months ago that Ashley was playing in the Manchester City team alongside the likes of Michael Johnson in the FA Youth Cup final against Liverpool. Gio six months ago was in the Chester youth set-up while people like Joey Jones at Wrexham still speak highly of Ryan, so it’s not like they’ve come out of nowhere.”
Airbus’ home clash with Newtown on Saturday, like their New Year’s Day visit of Newi Cefn Druids, was postponed because of a frozen pitch.
The 10th-placed Wingmakers head to rock-bottom Caernarfon Town tonight (7.30pm) with Gareth Sudlow, who has re-signed from Caersws, likely to be included in a squad bereft of Wes Kilgannon through unavailability and Paul Hallows through injury.
The versatile Richard Smart has joined Upton AA.