Teenage keeper trains with Reds
Teenage Swindon goalkeeper Jamie Stephens is to spend next week training with Liverpool.
Last Updated: 25/02/10 11:16am
Teenage Swindon goalkeeper Jamie Stephens is to spend next week training with Premier League side Liverpool.
The 16-year-old has been invited for a stint at the Reds' Kirkby Academy after impressing scouts from the Anfield outfit.
Stephens' potential was spotted during his appearances for the Robins' youth team and he will now rub shoulders with Liverpool's emerging talent.
Swindon manager Danny Wilson has agreed for the youngster to head to Merseyside, but the club have stressed that there are no plans in place for a transfer.
"We had an approach for Jamie to spend a couple of days training with Liverpool," youth team boss Paul Bodin told the Swindon Advertiser.
"They had heard about his potential, invited him up, and the gaffer agreed to let him go up there.
"It is a great opportunity for everyone - this gives Jamie a fantastic experience and also helps us build links with a huge club like Liverpool.
"There is nothing at the end of it though - it is purely a week's training.
"We don't want to go overboard about it, but it's great that a club like Liverpool is showing a bit of interest in our players.
"It's a nice little pat on the back and a bit of recognition, not just for myself and Jeremy Newton (Centre of Excellence director), but for everyone else who has had an input in to Jamie's development during his time at Swindon."