The India U-19 midfielder was with Reading on a two-week trial and now has been invited by Leicester City for a similar venture.It's hard enough for a budding Indian footballer to obtain a trial from a Premier League club, but that did not serve as an obstacle for India's young Brandon Fernandes who has now been invited by Leicester City football club for a two-week trial. Brandon was on a similar trial with Premier League club Reading FC before Leicester showed an interest in the youngster. He is set to link up with the East Midlands club early this week to begin his trial.
ASD Cape Town director Mike Steptoe, who oversaw Brandon's development in South Africa, has been with the youngster all the way so far.
"Brandon had a great time at Reading and was made extremely welcome by the club. He trained and played with the development squad and reports have been very encouraging. He played in one game 'behind closed doors' and managed two assists as his side scored 3 goals. We understand that Reading are interested in Brandon and will be making a decision in the next few days. In the meantime Brandon is the guest of our home town club Leicester City FC," said Steptoe.
|Brandon Fernandes is set to trial with Leicester City FC|
Leicester's huge Indian population is sure to be a home away from home for Brandon. The young midfielder enjoyed the company of the Melton Road area, which he described as a mini-India, by conversing in Hindi with the locals. In addition Brandon also dropped in on a barbershop that his friend had recommended to him.
"From what I hear, Leicester City are a great club and they focus on development. They have been really welcoming and I already feel at home. The development squad are away tomorrow, but from Tuesday onwards, I'm really looking forward to focussing on my football," said Brandon.
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