Mark Fotheringham Aiming To Impress Espanyol

Espanyol could be on the verge of signing a Scottish midfielder not many of their fans may have heard of...
Mark Fotheringham is hoping to impress during a trial with Spanish league outfit Espanyol, but has a fall-back in England should he not make the grade.

The 25-year-old former Norwich City midfielder is flying to Barcelona to be put through his paces by the club's coaching staff before they decide whether to make him an offer.

Fotheringham was recommended to Espanyol by their network of scouts and have asked if they can see him first hand, a move which he agreed to willingly.

"Espanyol want to have a look at me," he told the Scottish Sun. "It's a chance for me to show them what I can do.

"They have been aware of me since November and I know their coach has watched DVDs of my games.

"He liked what he saw and invited me out. I'm really looking forward to it and I honestly believe my pass and move game is suited to Spanish football."

If Espanyol decide not to give Fotheringham a contract then he has already been offered the chance to try his luck in the Coca Cola Championship in England.

"It's going to be a difficult decision," he added. "I played for Freiburg in Germany and enjoyed the experience but I'm open to staying in Britain.

"No matter what happens over the next week, I am not going to commit to anything. I'm a free agent and it's a great position to be in approaching the new season."

"Derby gaffer Nigel Clough has also invited me to start pre-season training with them and I like the idea of that."

Lucas Brown,