A rise in first team chances is helping more Haverhill Rovers players earn trials with Football League clubs.
Rovers youngsters Ty Alleyne and Rhys Shulver have been invited to spend two days on trial nexzt week at League Two club Cambridge United.
Earlier this season striker Alleyne and defender Will Gardner both spent time on trial at another League Two club, Barnet, and although Alleyne was given the chance of an extended trial he turned it down in order to continue his development with Rovers.
The increase in the number of young players being given a chance to impress at professional clubs this season bears a direct correlation to the rise in first team exposure for them, according to Rovers player-manager, Michael Shinn.
He said: “I think what it is is that last season at first team level we gave opportunities to a lot of 17 and 18-year-olds.
“Since I took the job (in October 2014) I’ve given opportunities to ten under-18s. They’ve all had appearances in the first team.
“I think having five boys in the Suffolk U18 squad as well, both of those factors make clubs sit up and think, ‘if they’ve got that many lads playing at that level maybe it’s worth us going to have a look at those young boys’.
“I think it’s down to just being given those opportunities in the first team.”
On Saturday, Rovers are at home to Fakenham Town (3pm) in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.