Potters Bar footballer lines up a pro contract

PUBLISHED: 13:25 19 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:44 19 September 2011

Johnathan Walsh, from Potters Bar, who is taking part in Win A Pro Contract as he bids to join Swindon Town

Johnathan Walsh, from Potters Bar, who is taking part in Win A Pro Contract as he bids to join Swindon Town


WHILE Potters Bar’s Henri Lansbury scored on his loan debut for West Ham United at the weekend and Ryan Fredericks starred for Spurs in a Europa Cup tie last month, the town may have another professional footballer in the making.

For 19-year-old Jonathan Walsh stands a dream chance of signing a contract with League Two outfit Swindon Town after he was selected to have first-round regional trials with The Robins as part of Samsung’s nationwide Win A Pro Contract competition.

The tennis coach, who currently plays for amateur side WGC FC, told the Potters Bar Edition it would be a dream come true to see off the other 200 competitors and join Paolo Di Canio’s side.

Winger Jonathan, who entered his CV for the competition after seeing an advert in The Sun, said: “When I was younger I had trials at Arsenal but didn’t get through.

“Then I played for Leyton Orient aged nine to 12.

“Since then I have played for Barnet and Harrow Borough, but this would be a dream.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do, but you just never know on the day if you can impress, sometimes you just need a bit of luck.”

Sky Sports pundit and former Leeds United star Chris Kamara 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.”

Win A Pro hopefuls take part in national and regional trials, before the winner is chosen by Di Canio and joins up with the first-team squad in the January 2012 transfer window.

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