May 22 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, May 10, 2012
JEZ Hall has confirmed that St Ives Town’s teenage hot shot Conor Washington will spend three days with Peterborough United next week - but will meet representatives of another two clubs over the next two days.
As the race to sign the 19-year-old striker hots up, joint manager Hall told The Hunts Post: “Several other clubs have come in for him and we will be meeting them over the next couple of days, but he will be training with the Peterborough first team next week.
“Remarkably, the Peterborough first team squad are yet to break up for the summer.”
After scoring 52 goals in 50 games, it is no surprise that clubs have shown an interest in the player who many believe has what it takes to make it in the Football League.
As well as Peterbrorough, Conference side Cambridge United and Dagenham and Redbridge of League Two are believed to be chasing his signature. Though Hall denied there had been any contact with League One club Brentford, who have been named as suitors elsewhere.
As Washington does not have an agent, attending the meetings with him will be Hall and his St Ives teammate Junior McDougald, who himself played more than 100 games for Dagenham between 1999 and 2003, scoring 30 goals for the then Conference outfit.
“Junior and I are helping Conor through the process,” said Hall. “I’ve even had to take a couple afternoons off work. It’s all got a bit manic.
“Conor doesn’t have an official agent but he is close to me and Warren Everdell and Junior has vast experience - he’s a former Dagenham legend.
“It’s just the three clubs at the moment - we aware that others are interested but it’s just the three who have made an approach.”
St Ives should benefit from any move for Washington. He is under 24 and so compensation will have to be offered in exchange for the player’s services. But Hall said he is not too concerned about that right now.
He told The Hunts Post: “We have to do what is right for Conor - the club is secondary in all of this. We have to make sure he goes to the right club, goes to the right place, with the right people.”