LAKENHEATH’S talented amateur goalkeeper Frank Gammon is relishing his chance of winning a professional playing contract with League Two side Swindon Town.
The 19-year-old entered Samsung’s nationwide Win A Pro Contract competition after applying through a link on social media site Facebook and has now been selected to take part in the first-round trials, which take place on Sunday.
Gammon felt his dream of earning a professional contract had vanished after unsuccessful spells with Blue Square Bet North side Histon and League One outfit Colchester United, where he could not earn a deal for various reasons.
However, after being accepted for the competition’s initial trials, the shot-stopper is now determined to fulfil his dream after being gifted a second chance.
“Four months ago I was on Facebook and saw a link to win a professional contract and just clicked on it, wrote an application and then forgot all about it,” he said.
“Then I got a letter to say I was through to the first trials and I couldn’t believe it.
“I have had trials in the past but this is a completely different matter and on another level from anything I’ve done before.
“Football has always been a passion of mine but it has not always been the most important thing in my life but this has now given me a second chance.
“I’m going to give it my best and hopefully that will be enough to take me further.”
In order to gain a contract with the Robins, Gammon will have to first get through Sunday’s initial trial of 360 hopefuls, before a regional trial of 60 is whittled down to just 22 players who will feature in a game at Swindon in front of former Premier League striker turned manager Paulo Di Canio, who will make the final decision.
Despite the Italian’s controversial past as a player, Gammon believes it would be a privilege to work with the former Lazio, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham front man as he aims to emulate his sporting hero, former England International, David Seaman.
“I would feel privileged to work under someone like him, it would be a different world to anything I am used to,” he added.
“My idol growing up was David Seaman and hopefully, if I’m successful with this I can go and achieve what he did.”