Barnsley have handed a trial to Walton Casuals striker Ronald Sobowale, according to their Twitter feed.
He’s been playing up front for the Casuals in the Evo Stick South division, but has caught the eye of Tykes scouts and will now get a chance to stake a claim for a place in the League One side’s squad.
He’s billed as a ‘powerful and direct’ centre forward on the club website, a side he joined after scoring nine in 21 for rivals Molesey.
— Walton Casuals FC (@WaltonCasualsFC) November 26, 2018
21-year old Sobowale is no stranger to spending time with bigger clubs, whilst playing for Carshalton Town he had trials at Cardiff City and Bristol Rovers, neither of which resulted in him sealing a move.
The Tykes, who lost striker Tom Bradshaw prior to the transfer window closing, currently have Kieffer Moore playing up front, partnered by Cauley Woodrow or on occasion, Brad Potts.
Walton Casuals chairman is former West Ham and Fulham defender Tony Gale and they’ve had joy with sending players into the Football League before.
Peter Cawley played 180 times for Colchester after starting out at the Stags, whilst current Bristol City prospect Shawn McCoulsky also spent time there on loan.
It’s always positive to read about a striker getting trials, or indeed any non-league player, but there’s a huge step up in quality and fitness.
Often, it is the latter that causes the issues, with technical ability sometimes evident in players, but a good fitness level being tough to achieve.
Here’s hoping Sobowale finds the right balance to kick-start his football career.