Iaruel begins trial today with England’s Stoke City
Vanuatu’s national keeper, Seloni Iaruel, will begin his trial today with English professional football outfit, Stoke City.
Iaruel along with Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) Media Officer, Harry Atisson and Port Vila Football Association President, Saby Natonga, were welcomed by the Stoke City representatives at the Manchester Airport on Saturday and are now staying at the Stoke City Hotel in Manchester.
The delegation yesterday were welcomed at the Stoke City Academy by Academy Recruitment Manager, Kevin Scotts, and were given a private tour around the Academy grounds and facilities, giving 17-year-old Iaruel a rough idea on what is to be expected of him.
Atisson told Daily Sport that Stoke City instructors are making every possible way as from day one to see Iaruel through his 10-day trial at the club.
The VFF Media Officer said that Iaruel who will be going into the trial today with two other English goal keepers, will have the upper hand, as he has more experience than the other two that have only competed in the Under 18 category so far.
“The biggest trial of the 10 day trial will be the first three days,” Atisson said.
“If everything goes Iaruel’s way after the first three days, Iaruel will most likely succeed with his trial.”
Atisson said that they have played their part, now it’s up to Iaruel to prove his worth.
Stoke City Scouts in Australia that were instrumental in Iaruel’s historic move, would like to wish Iaruel all the best with his trial.
“Surely we all pray for him. Just a word of encouragement that no mountain too high to climb,” VFF President, Lambert Maltock said in a statement to the delegation.
In the English Premiere League’s standing last season Stoke City came fifth after New Castle United.
Iaruel will also be undergoing trials with the top flight English club that clinched the Premiere League title from Manchester United last season, Manchester City.