Trials chance with Millers for tradesmen

ROTHERHAM United have joined the search to find a tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional footballer in the Football League.

There is a long list of past and present players starting out as tradesmen, including current Southampton striker Charlie Austin, who was a builder, and former Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who worked for his father's painting and decorating company before he hit the big time.

Local tradesmen who think they've got what it takes to win the one month trial with the Millers have until June 12 to showcase their skills by submitting videos of their footballing talent to www.tradesmantrials.co.uk

The best entries will then be invited to attend an exclusive Tradesman Trials day, in association with the Football League and backed by its official partner, Fiat Professional.

It will take place by the end of June and see candidates put through their paces in front of a selection of scouts and Fiat Professional's football ambassadors. The winner will then be able to choose to undertake their trial at Rotherham United and will also receive a £2,000 prize.

Former tradesmen turned professional footballers Stuart Pearce (electrician), Dean Windass (hod carrier) and Geoff Horsfield (builder) kick-started the campaign by taking part in a Tradesman Challenge to see if they have still got their tradesman skills.  

The Millers are one of 28 Football League clubs taking part.

Visit www.tradesmantrials.co.uk to enter.