TALENTED amateur footballer Sean Collier from Milton Keynes is in the mix to win a professional playing contract with League Two side Swindon Town after entering a national ‘Win A Pro Contract’ competition.
The 17-year-old defender has been selected to take part in first-round trials that eventually lead to a earning a professional contract in the Football League.
More than 5,000 hopefuls originally entered, now whittled down to 360 who will take part in six regional trials across the country.
Sean entered Samsung’s nationwide Win A Pro Contract competition in a bid to sign for Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon, saying: “I’ve never had any trials before so thought this was a great chance to show what I’m capable of.
“I’m so happy to have got through to the first trial but there’s still a long way to go. I think I’m good enough to win the contract if I play to my best.”
Win A Pro ambassador and ex-Swindon player Chris Kamara is sure the competition will be a life-changing experience for the winner.
He said: “Win A Pro Contract is a great break for one lucky lad. He might start off in The Football League and work his way to The Premier League, who knows?
“So many players are rejected by clubs, or do not get an opportunity to shine. Win A Pro is a great initiative by Samsung, it will be a huge honour for whoever wins it.”