Phoenix quartet off to EPL clubs trial

April 13, 2021
Craig Butler
Craig Butler

Four Phoenix All-Star Football Academy players departed the island for England last Friday for a two-week training evaluation with top Premier League clubs.

The exercise also forms part of the players' preparation for transition to the Premier League and European football.

The delegation, being led by Nicola Bicknell and Shelley McFarlane, includes Dante Peralto, Dylan John, Alexander Hussey and Alexander Bicknell.

The initiative, which came through a Unique Sports Management/Phoenix Sports Management partnership, will see the players spending two weeks in England, training with Premier League clubs Manchester City, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

Phoenix Academy president, Craig Butler, said all the players have been developing rapidly and are ready to match skills against some of England's best young players.

"The players are all developed at the highest level and ready to test the skills against the players of English club academies and prove their quality," he said.

"This initiative seeks to expose talented players across England and Europe. They will go on extensive training evaluations, as part of the academy's preparation for players looking to make the transition into the English leagues.

"And we are looking forward to great professional football opportunities for these players," he added.

Peralto, Hussey and Bicknell currently play in Germany with regional league team Bonner SC. They returned to Jamaica recently before departing for England.

John is a former Jamaica College standout player when the Old Hope Road school won the urban and all-island under-14 titles in 2019.

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