New era for Newent Town ahead of U18s trials on Wednesday evening

Wednesday evening sees the dawning of a new era for Newent Town, as their first open trial session takes place for their new U18s side.

Earlier on in the year Newent were one of a number of clubs to confirm they would be registering an U18s side in the Cheltenham Youth Floodlit League for the 2020/21 season and will be looking to start building together their side.

This month they announced that former Tuffley Rovers U18s boss Jamie Hyett would be joining the coaching staff with Mark Cook and Hyett told Severn Sport that he is delighted to start a new challenge and believes the U18s side can help push Newent Town forward as a club.

“After 12 years at Tuffley it was a really hard decision to step down, but when Mark approached me regarding Newent I got that buzz straight away so I’m really excited to see what this new project brings,” Hyett said.

“This new side is a massive step in the right direction for Newent, to have 18s feeding and challenging for places in their senior teams is the aim so both myself and Mark feel incredibly proud and honoured to be tasked with getting it up and running!

Hopefully we can make it a success and deliver a few future first team players,” added the former Tuffley man.

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The first set of trials takes place at Newent’s Wildsmith Meadow ground on Wednesday evening and ahead of the session Hyett has encouraged all prospective players to register their interest and just enjoy themselves with the club.

“In these first trials and training sessions we are simply looking for lads who are keen and want to learn!” said Hyett.

“I hated trials as a youth player so I get that some are nervous and will try too much, but just come and be yourself and show us that you want to play for us and want to improve, that’s all we ask.

We are a new set up so it’s an exciting time for all involved. The players can be a big step in the future of this great club.

Having been to the ground and seen the improvements they’ve made and continue to make, the players can expect to be part of a family club that’s going places but at the same time we want to make it an enjoyable and a fun atmosphere where they can just play football,” Hyett added.

Any prospective players looking to attend the Newent Town U18s trials can contact the club via the Newent Town U18s Twitter account and by contacting the club. The trials on Wednesday evening start at 19:00.

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