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Reds to run rule over Port Vale keeper

Posted by nickogs20 on October 9, 2009

18 year-old Port Vale goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston is to join United for a two-game trial.

Manchester-born Lloyd-Weston is set to feature for the Reds’ Under-18 side in tomorrow’s Premier Academy League game against Crewe before stepping up to the Reserves for the trip to face Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup on Monday evening. This won’t be the first stint the young stopper has had with United – he spent a number of weeks on trial at Carrington in 2007.

“Daniel will go there for a couple games,” Vale boss Micky Adams has said. “Anything to do with Manchester United means quality. He’s a good young keeper and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him. He’s been on the bench for the majority of this season and it’s a great opportunity for him.”

Despite his tender years, Lloyd-Weston has already had something of a nomadic career in football. After starting out with Crewe as an 8 year-old, he joined Liverpool for a brief spell in 2003 before soon moving on to join Stoke City’s Academy. Following the Potters’ surprising decision to release him in 2007, Lloyd-Weston signed youth forms with West Bromwich Albion but was again on the move the following summer, making the switch to Port Vale, where he recently signed his first professional contract. While yet to make his senior debut, the 18 year-old has been in and around the Vale first-team in recent weeks as backup to first-choice glovesman Chris Martin.

United currently have eight keepers on the books – Edwin van der Sar, Ben Foster, Tomasz Kuszczak, Tom Heaton, Ron-Robert Zieler and Ben Amos in the professional ranks and academy keepers Conor Devlin and Sam Johnstone. While on paper that makes the recruitment of another stopper seem unlikely, there are question marks surrounding the future of several of the senior keepers for one reason or another, which opens up the possibility of a permanent switch for the teenager should he impress in his short trial spell. At the very least, Lloyd-Weston should benefit greatly from the experience.

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3 Responses to “Reds to run rule over Port Vale keeper”

  1. johnno1 said

    “Following the Potters’ surprising decision to release him in 2007, Lloyd-Weston signed youth forms with West Bromwich Albion.”

    I’m not sure where the information comes from that it was a surprise that young Lloyd Weston was released by Stoke City? It certainly wasn’t a surprise to anyone monitoring the goalkeeping scene in that area of the country. Stoke had Tom Harrison on their books at the same age whom it was clear to anyone was streets ahead of Lloyd Weston. It was entirely predictable that Harrison would be awarded a scholarship from that years under 16 group ahead of young Lloyd Weston.

    As importantly was that Stoke had another young keeper in Dave Parton, now a first year scholar coming through behind both the aforementioned. This young lad is Stoke Youth Team first choice goalkeeper this year and is considered by most qualified observers across the region as the best keeper in his age group in the country. It can only be a matter of time before one of the England scouts actually make it to the North Midlands and spot what is obvious to most of in the goalkeeping game. He is certainly streets ahead of Jack Butland who currently holds down an England under 17 spot along with United’s Johnstone.

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