New Zealand age group international Jesse Randall is on trial with English League One club Barnsley in search of a professional contract.
The Wellington Olympic winger is training and playing with Barnsley’s U-21 side, according to Stuff football writer Phillip Rollo.
Randall (20), who has played for the New Zealand U-17 team, scored seven goals and created nine assists during the recently-completed Men’s National League in which Olympic were beaten by Auckland City in the Grand Final.
The trial was arranged through Football Asset Management, the same agency that represents All White Ben Waine who has recently completed a move from the Wellington Phoenix to English League One club Plymouth Argyle.
Main photo: Jesse Randall … chasing a pro’ contract with Barnsley.Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Olympic coach Rupert Kemeys told Stuff:
“Jesse Randall is a quality player. For a young guy he is ridiculously good.
“The biggest thing for me compared to other players his age in New Zealand is his finishing.
“He’s got an eye for goal, he can finish on both feet.
“I think he was the best under-20 player in New Zealand (during the National League).”
If Randall were to land a deal with Barnsley, he would follow a string of New Zealand players to play for the Yorkshire club.
All Whites goalkeeper Jamie Searle is currently on the club’s books, and previous internationals to play there include Colin Walker, David Mulligan, Chris Wood, Rory Fallon and Leo Bertos.
Other Kiwis at League One clubs
Melville United forward Olliver Colloty is trialling with Sheffield Wednesday.
All Whites striker Ben Waine has made his debut for Plymouth Argyle.