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Mac’s footy dream still burns bright

Striker: Andy McDonald made it through to the quarter-finals of a football competition

Striker: Andy McDonald made it through to the quarter-finals of a football competition

Andy McDonald has vowed to continue his football dream despite missing out on winning a professional playing contract.

The 22-year-old Prestonian was one of 5,000 players nationwide to enter Samsung’s ‘Win a Pro Contract’ competition.

And after impressing in a number of skills tests, McDonald was one of just 88 names selected to progress through to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Unfortunately, that is where the dream ended for the striker as despite scoring in a trial match at Hyde United’s Ewen Field stadium, he was not chosen among the final 22 where two players are guaranteed to win deals with Swindon Town and Leyton Orient.

McDonald, who doesn’t play for a regular team due to to the fact that he is also a third Dan black belt in judo and competes on both the national and international stage, said: “It was a bit disappointing not to get through to the final 22 but I had done well to get that far. I played on the left-wing and scored in the trial match which we won 6-1.”

One silver lining on the horizon for the ex-Our Lady’s RC High School pupil is that he has been rewarded for progressing such a long way in the competition by receiving free membership to ‘Football CV’.

This means his name will be forwarded to a host of clubs with the possibility that he could be fixed up with trials.

 

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