Ge­orge jets off to US to be the model foot­baller

Woods mid­fielder takes time off in bid to earn con­tract FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

‘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.”

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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

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