First refusal for Fulham

By Wendy Gee -

Eastleigh will give Fulham first refusal on 17-year-old striker Sam Wilson.

After a successful week’s assessment with the Premier League club, the former Wildern schoolboy scored twice on trial for Fulham’s academy side in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth on Saturday.

Now, following lengthy talks with the Londoners, Eastleigh have agreed not to allow any other club to jump the queue for the remainder of 2011.

Spitfires director of football Dave Malone confirmed: “Fulham were very, very impressed with Sam and they will continue to monitor his progress in the coming months.

“We have agreed with Fulham that we will not covet interest in the player from other clubs for a period of time and we will review that situation in the new year.”

Wilson’s scoring touch deserted him last night as Eastleigh – without their major senior players – bowed out of the Hampshire FA Senior Cup 4-1 at League Two outfit Aldershot Town.

The Spitfires were trailing 2-0 when Wilson was upended by Bradley Pegg, but his penalty was saved by ’keeper Jamie Young diving to his left.

Jermaine McGlashan (2), Aaron Brown and Pegg scored for a strong Shots side featuring eight players with first-team experience, including ex-Saints midfielder Anthony Pulis who was captain.

Eastleigh’s consolation came on 86 minutes when Andrew White’s powerful shot crashed in off the post.

“The goals we conceded were na├»ve, as you’d expect, but I was really pleased with the way we stuck to our task. We never stopped trying to play football and the lads got their just rewards with the goal by Whitey,” said man ager Ian Baird.

*Henrik Breimyr, who has been on loan at Eastleigh from Aldershot, has been selected by Norway for their UEFA European under-19 Championship qualifiers later this month.

The 18-year-old midfielder/defender will travel to Cyprus for the three-match tournament which pits Norway against Latvia, Iceland and the host nation.

His call-up is a significant achieve ment as he is the only squad member who plays outside Norway.


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