George jets off to US to be the model footballer
Woods midfielder takes time off in bid to earn contract FOOTBALL
‘GORGEOUS’ George Nicholas is set to become the David Beckham of non-league football after heading to the United States to try and earn a modelling contract.
The Northwood midfielder has left behind the blood and thunder of the Southern League Central for the glitz and glamour of New York, after taking an opportunity to make a name for himself on the catwalk rather then the middle of the park.
The 22-year-old former Notts County pro has already appeared on billboards in Harrods and in Milan and now hopes to either make it big, or return in a couple of months to help his team-mates with a late play-off push.
Northwood manager Mark Burgess said: “George has been a big part of our squad for two years but we have enough to cover for him. If he gets a modelling contract we’ll be over the moon for him, but if not he’ll be back playing for us as he misses his football.
“You have to take work like that when it comes along. He’s got a bit of stick off the boys, but they all wish it was them doing in instead. George still keeps in touch on WhatsApp though and joins in with the banter.”
minus Nicholas in the middle beat Daventry Town 2-1 on Saturday, Nana Asamoah hitting a late winner after Niko Muir’s opener had been cancelled out.
It was a fifth win in eight games for the Chestnut Avenue side, who have turned things around since a run of five straight defeats before Christmas.
That turnaround in form has seen the club up to eighth in the table, but still 12 points behind Hanwell Town in the final play-off place, who they visit on Saturday.
Burgess added: “It’s the same personnel, but we had a mini preseason over Christmas. We were fit enough but wanted to push ourselves more. We also worked on things defensively as we were leaking too many goals, but in the last few games we’ve cut out the silly mistakes.
“If we keep playing well we will have an outside chance of the playoffs, but there are still a lot of points to make up. We would have to rely on those teams above us slipping up, but we’ve still got to play most of them.”
In the same division, Uxbridge and AFC Hayes both had their games called off on Saturday, as did Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, but Harefield United kept their promotion hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Hoddesden Town, with goals from Ben Gill, Ben Porter, Harry Newman and an own goal.
n LOOKING GOOD: George Nicholas may soon swap Chestnut Avenue for the catwalk