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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Edmondson praise for Workington Reds trialists

Striker Callum Hassan could be a “big acquisition” for Workington Reds if the ex-Hartlepool youngster joins the Borough Park ranks.

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Darren Edmondson

Hassan stands at 6ft 4in, and boss Darren Edmondson believes he would be the perfect foil for Jonny Wright and Gareth Arnison this term.

Impressing during the 3-0 defeat at Barrow last night, the 19-year-old was recommended by former Carlisle United boss Mick Wadsworth.

He is no stranger to the non-league, having had loan spells at Harrogate and Whitby last year.

At Whitby the powerful target man worked with Reds’ No2 Tony Elliott.

Hassan is expected to leave the Workington camp for trials with other clubs over the coming weeks, but Edmondson said: “Callum could be a big acquisition for us in more ways than one. He is a player I have talked about for 12 months, and someone who has impressed me.

“He is not the finished article, but is a player that could prove to be a quality signing.

“Callum does not want to leave the professional game and will go on trial at other clubs, but sometimes you have to drop a few leagues before making your way back.

“Callum would love it at Workington because we have great team morale.

“This is a young, vibrant team and he would fit in perfectly.”

Hassan previously had trials with Middlesbrough before accepting a deal at Victoria Park where he scored 33 goals for Hartlepool’s youth and reserve teams in 2010.

Edmondson also picked out youngsters Niall Cowperthwaite and Chris Wraighte for praise.

He said: “The match became shabby in the second half, but I was impressed with Niall and Chris.

“They are two good players, who will stay with us to allow further assessment of their ability, and for them to get to know us.

“I thought 3-0 was harsh, but when you have a few new faces coming into a squad things get disrupted, and goals are conceded.”



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