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Morgan set for trial in Denmark next month

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica's brighter football prospects, schoolboy Marvin Morgan Jr, could soon earn his dream move abroad to play professionally.

According to Darryl Powell, former Reggae Boy and the player's agent, the highly skilled schoolboy will be off to Denmark in just about three weeks for trials with a Second Division club.

"We are looking to take Marvin to Denmark on May 14 for a trial with a Second Division club. He will be with the club a couple weeks," Powell told The Gleaner from England on Thursday.

"If Marvin goes and performs as well as I know he can, he will have a contract," Powell said of the soon-to-be 18-year-old.

The decision to take the player, who starred in the Manning Cup for St George's College in the 2009 season and who now represents Boys' Town in the Digicel Premier League following a move from Santos in the January transfer window, was a carefully thought out one.

"This club is a developmental one in the Danish Second Division, but it has the potential of getting into the First Division and playing top-flight European football. It is an avenue for him into Europe. Once he goes there and does well he will open the doors for more talent coming out of Jamaica," said Powell of the midfielder who in February had a trial with English Premier League team, Birmingham City.

Taking Morgan to England, according to Powell, was a part of the process of preparing him for life as a professional footballer.


"Marvin coming to England was a part of the process of preparation. I knew before him coming to Birmingham that nothing could be done because of his age. At his age he would have needed to have played in 75 per cent of Jamaica's games over the past two years.

"It was a chance to see how he'd perform and he did well. The experience was good for him and he is an intelligent young man so he would have taken the right lessons from the situation," Powell said.

On his return from Birmingham in March, Morgan, who trained with the Birmingham City reserve team and played in squad matches, said the experience was nothing like he expected.

"It has been nothing like I was expecting, everything is faster, the youths are different from Jamaica youths.

"They are rough, they are fast and they do everything quick, so I had to adjust to that," said Morgan, who has already earned two invitations to the Reggae Boyz squad.