Former Manchester City winger Isaac Buckley-Ricketts has linked up with League Two side Carlisle on trial after being left at home whilst his current employers are in La Manga, as reported by the News and Star.
Buckley-Ricketts is on the transfer-list at London Road and hasn’t travelled with the rest of the Posh squad, who are set to face St Mirren in a friendly tomorrow.
The 21-year-old has experience at England youth level and was part of the team that won the European Under-19 Championship in 2017.
He’s previously had loan spells with FC Twente in the Netherlands, as well as Oxford United. His permanent move to League One has not worked out for him, with just two outings for Peterborough, both in the EFL Trophy.
Carlisle are looking to build on a solid season in League Two during which they saw John Sheridan leave and Steven Pressley take over. It was their first season without the influence of Keith Curle, who had previously been in charge for four years.
Buckely-Ricketts shouldn’t be here. Something is fundamentally wrong with our youth development in this country when a player who lifts a European Championship at 19 is on trial in League Two two years later.
He struggled at Posh and perhaps his slight frame isn’t quite ready for the testing tackles of a League Two environment.
He’s gone from the pinnacle of youth football to the scrapheap in League One and he’s still barely a man. This could be his chance to address the slide, or it could turn out to be another slap in the face.