The India Junior and former Salgaocar academy product was to trial with a Premier League club whose name was kept under wraps for all this while...Reading FC is the destination for India Junior Brandon Fernandes as he heads to the club for a two-week trial. The player's UK based management company, Kemp Thornton, were reluctant to reveal the name of the club. Brandon will be at Reading for two-weeks once he passes a medical test. "He is looking forward to the test," said a source to the Times of India.
Brandon, the only Indian footballer to have been part of all age group teams, has already left Cape Town, South Africa for London along with Africa Soccer Development (ASD) Cape Town director Mike Steptoe.
Reading are in a precarious position in the Premier League as they have not won in the last six games and are currently in the relegation zone.
There is an excitement surrounding Brandon's trials at Reading and he has been swamped with phone calls and e-mails. "Its fantastic and we can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings," a Kemp Thornton spokesman said.
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Mike Steptoe, once ridiculed for searching in a cricket-frenzy India for football talent, is confident of the youngster's ability to make it big in professional football.
"Everyone in the footballing world told me that I was wasting my time looking in India for players that could one day play in European leagues. But there is as much raw talent in India like anywhere else. Brandon is a super talent and regardless of the outcome of this trial, we believe he has a future in professional soccer," said Steptoe to the Times of India.
Brandon's father Jaju Fernandes, was nervous as well as excited. The former executive committee member of the Goa Football Association (GFA) was quoted saying, "We have always dreamed of seeing our son play football at the highest level.
"European football is glamourous but we are under no illusions that it will be a smooth ride. Whatever happens at the trials, we are sure that Brandon is meant for bigger things in life."
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