Charles is hot property

AFC Fylde's Dion Charles
AFC Fylde's Dion Charles
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Cardiff City and Coventry City are among the clubs tracking AFC Fylde’s emerging talent Dion Charles.

The Sky Blues’ interest was such that they wanted to take the teenager on trial at the Ricoh Arena.

Charles’ form has been so good that the Coasters, currently second in the National League North, tied him down to a two-year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

Midfielder Charles has also been selected for the contingency squad for England C, a clear sign that his progress is being noted in the right circles.

Coasters’ manager Dave Challinor said: “Mark Venus, the Coventry assistant, enquired to see if they could take Dion on trial.

“He is aware of interest from Football League clubs, but he knows that this is the right place for him to develop as a player .”

The Coasters are finalising their preparations for Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round tie at home to Stockport County.

It is one of the games of the day in the historic competition, featuring two of the top-ranked sides, but AFC Fylde go into the match without their latest acquisition, Akil Wright, signed on loan from Fleetwood Town.

Wright impressed on his debut in the 3-0 win over Boston United in the league on Saturday. But parent club Fleetwood have put the block on Wright playing as they do not want him to be cup-tied.