Preston to test Trinidadians

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Jamaica Gleaner

LONDON, Dec. 31, (Reuters):

English Third Division Football Club Preston North End are to give trials to six Trinidad players, Preston manager Alan Ball said today.

"We have seen a film of at least half a dozen likely prospects," Ball said.

"The West Indians have produced good cricketers, and now that football is popular there we think they can produce good soccer players."

First to visit Preston will be former soldier Keith Douglas, 19, who will be given a long trial of eight to 12 weeks to enable him to adjust to English conditions.

He will arrive probably next month, and the other players will follow at intervals.

Ball said Preston are convinced that Trinidad players have a lot of ability.

"If we can find one that hits the jackpot we shal be very satisfied," he added.