NEEDHAM Market striker Sam Newson is aiming to fulfil his dreams after being offered a trial with npower League Two side Gillingham.
The 23-year-old, who has been in prolific form this season, scoring 29 times, including 21 in just 19 league games to lead the goalscoring charts in Ryman League Division One North, has been given permission to travel to Kent with effect from Monday before returning after training on Thursday.
Newson, who was also watched by Southend United manager Paul Sturrock last season, is now determined to earn himself a professional contract with the Gills, but ensured Marketmen fans if he is unsuccessful he will return focused on doing his utmost for the club.
“I am very excited about the opportunity,” he said. “Everyone dreams of playing football professionally and I could now have the chance to do that.
“Gillingham called Needham and the club have arranged everything for me and I am extremely grateful for that.
“It is a win-win situation for me because at the least I will go and spend a few days training with a professional club and try my best to earn a contract and if so become a professional.
“I will just have to work as hard as I can and show what I can do.
“Obviously if I am not successful I will be fully focused on coming back and doing all I can for Needham.”
The striker has been an integral part of manager Danny Laws’ plans this season and although admitting the player would be a big loss, Laws gave his full backing to his leading marksman to try and land a professional deal.
“I don’t want to lose any of my players from the club,” he said.
“However, a professional League Two club like Gillingham is attractive to anyone at our level and we all hope Sam can prove himself.
“If something was to happen after the trial then everyone at the club would miss him.”
Newson may still be in contention to line up tomorrow against Chatham Town at Bloomfields (3pm), but he is certain to miss the visit of Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury for their Alan Boon Ryman League Cup fourth round tie on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Despite going two league matches without a win, after following up a 1-1 draw with Brentwood Town on Saturday with a goalless draw against Harlow Town on Tuesday night, Laws was satisfied with the results, but is aiming to get back to winning ways in the up coming matches.
“I wasn’t disappointed with the results because getting a point away from home is nothing to be frowned at,” he added.
“Now we need to get back to winning ways and keep our strong home form going.
“We know Chatham have shown a good pedigree and we are expecting a tough game.
“The match with AFC should be a good game, it is a local derby and we will look forward to it.
“There are a number of links between both of the clubs so it should be a good game and will create a bit of excitement.”
n Needham Market regained top spot in the Ryman League Divsion One North table despite failing to score for the first time in a league match this season, and only the second time in all competitions, in a 0-0 draw with Harlow Town on Tuesday.
In a close encounter, Gavin Johnson had the visitors’ best effort with a 20-yard volley which was saved by Harlow keeper Bertrand Bossu at full stretch.
While for the home side, Murat Karagul was inches wide with a shot on the turn from similar distance, as the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.