American dream is beckoning for Madden

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Oxenhope Rec’s teenage midfielder Connor Madden is facing a trial by video as he looks to take his career overseas.
Madden, 19, from near Braithwaite, played in final trials with Sports Recruiting USA for American colleges on Saturday and is eagerly awaiting news to hear if he has been accepted for a prestigious place across the Atlantic.
Madden had already impressed in an earlier round of trials and videos of him in action were circulated in the USA after he did well in a match involving two teams of players with similar ambitions.
He was one of 12 selected for the final round and was in action again at Harrogate at the weekend.
Madden said: “The trial was to determine whether or not I get a scholarship at an American uni playing football.
“I have been training extremely hard for it, doing my own pre-season sessions.
“I didn’t really have a break from fitness. I just worked as hard as I could. “
And that fitness was key as the red hot weather ensured a torrid time for the trialists.
“It was a good standard of football for a full 90 minutes but the conditions didn’t help,” he said.
Madden started his football career with Keighley Shamrocks in 2006, playing a year ahead of his age for three or four years before switching to Long Lee.
He then played for Keighley FA Minors for two seasons before joining Northern Counties East League side Eccleshill United for a season.
On the ball: Madden has played locally for Shamrocks, Long Lee, Silsden and Oxenhope.

On the ball: Madden has played locally for Shamrocks, Long Lee, Silsden and Oxenhope.

He then joined Silsden, playing most of a season for the Cobbydalers’ u19 and reserve teams.
After a short spell away from the game, Madden joined Oxenhope in January this year and progressed to their first team by the end of last season.
Now he must wait to see how big an impression he has made on the coaches for the various universities and college in the United States.
“The people that run it seem to think I played really well and think I have a good chance of getting in,” said Madden.
“All the unis get the videos and I will be choosing the one I want from any offers I get.
“I will know in the next couple of days whether I have got in and if not I will have to go into the development squad.
“If I get in I will be going next September.
“I applied because I saw an opportunity to get out of here and do the thing I love and try to get a living out of it.
“Where better to do it than America?”

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