Liam is keen on midfielder

First published in Conference North-News

LIAM McDonald is keen to secure the services of rookie midfielder George Carline.

The 21-year-old impressed in United's first pre-season game of the summer, when they defeated Studley 4-0.

Ricardo Reid and Jamie Molyneux scored early goals and second half substitute Jamie Spencer bagged a brace

Carline scored 38 goals for Cadbury Athletic in the Midland Combination last season but he's impressed the Reds boss in pre-season.

He said: "It was a good work out, Studley were a good test but we scored two goals early on and then Jamie Spencer came on in the second half and bagged a couple of goals.

"We haven't got any trialists at all, I wouldn't call George Carline a one because I am keen to sign him and he's keen to join us, so I am sure we can do something."

Meanwhile, United's hopes of holding onto Jermaine Hylton and Omar Sterling-James could be tested by Cheltenham Town.

The pair both came on as second half substitutes in the Robins' 1-1 draw against Evesham United on Saturday.

Sterling-James has particularly caught the eye and was expected to be part of the Town squad playing Bristol Rovers at Whaddon Road last night.

Hylton was set to feature in last night's clash at Pershore.

McDonald has been adamant that the pair, who have agreed deals at Redditch, would be play for United in the Southern League Premier next season but if Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates steps up his interest, it might test the club's resolve.

"They both had a run out on Saturday for Cheltenham and Omari has impressed Mark Yates," said McDonald.

"They've asked to have a look at him in a game on Tuesday night, but Jermaine will be playing for us at Pershore.

"Whatever happens I am in control. Mark Yates is a football man and if there is something happening, I can always sit down with him and discuss the situation.

"Omari and Jermaine have signed deals to play for us next season and if one of them leaves then we will make sure we will get the best deal possible for the club."

United play their first pre-season game of the summer when they entertain Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday (3pm ko).

They could face ex-Reds forward Josh McKenzie, who was sacked by chairman Chris Swan following striking referee Chris Wicks during a game at Chesham.

McKenzie has completed his three-year ban and has been involved with Sporting this summer, scoring against FC Stratford.

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