Carl looking to join Stones Football League conveyor belt

Wealdstone FC’s 21 year old defender Carl Martin is hoping to join the ever growing list of Stones players that have successfully stepped up to the professional ranks.

The versatile Martin, who has graduated through the enterprising youth scheme at Wealdstone and Stanmore College, is currently having trials with Aldershot Town FC of the Coca Cola League Two and has been invited to play in a reserve match for the Shots against Gillingham this week (Wednesday 18 March).

If things go well for Martin he could be joining up with former Stones striker Marvin Morgan and midfielder Scott Donnelly who have both progressed from Wealdstone in recent seasons.

Martin will be hoping to emulate former youth team mate Jermaine Beckford, who has been busy making the scoring headlines and starring for Leeds United in League One this season with 21 goals. Earlier this season Dagenham & Redbridge snapped up Stones winger Graeme Montgomery on a two and a half year contract following a successful trial at the East London Club.

Meanwhile Wealdstone young left back Lee Chappell and midfielder Kieron Forbes have also attracted interest from scouts and have both trained with Professional clubs recently.

Manager Gordon Bartlett said: ‘I’m delighted Carl has been given this opportunity, which is reward for his consistent performances. He spent a few days at Watford earlier in the year, but unfortunately Manager Adie Boothroyd departed before he completed his trial period. We originally signed Carl and his twin brother Callum, when they were 16 year olds and I have never wavered in my belief in their capability to play at professional level. After coming all the way through our youth system, Carl has now gained his coaching badges and is an important member of the coaching staff on our scholarship scheme. He is a quality player, with a desire to improve and with his excellent form this year; it is no surprise that clubs are interested.’