Post­man Conor is out to prove he is first class

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By ALAN SWANN

CONOR Washington a post­man set on a first-class pro­fes­sional foot­ball ca­reer

The 20 year-old (it’s his birth­day to­day) spent last sea­son de­liv­er­ing mail in St Ives while scor­ing goals for fun for the town’s United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion side.

He scored 52 goals in 50 games, form that has at­tracted at­ten­tion from Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge and Cam­bridge United, as well as Posh with whom he com­pletes a three-day trial to­day.

Washington said: “I was ex­cited about go­ing to Peter­bor­ough. Ob­vi­ously it’s a big step up, but it was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t turn down.

“Test­ing my­self against the play­ers they have there was al­ways go­ing to be a big chal­lenge, but there was never go­ing to be any harm in try­ing.

“I’d al­ready been to Da­gen­ham and Cam­bridge and both of the vis- its were re­ally promis­ing. Both clubs have a rep­u­ta­tion for de­vel­op­ing young play­ers and help­ing them ful­fil their dreams which is im­por­tant.

“The key for me could be choos­ing be­tween a big­ger club where I have less chance of break­ing into the first team or a smaller club where I could end up play­ing.

“I have never had pro­fes­sional coach­ing be­fore so if I have a choice, I would have to go to the club which would de­velop my ca­reer best.”

Wher­ever he ends up Washington will go highly rec­om­mended. His strike part­ner this sea­son has been Ju­nior Mcdougald, a for­mer pro­fes­sional at Brighton, Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, Mill­wall, Rother­ham and Ch­ester­field.

Mcdougald said: “There are times this sea­son when I have stood back and laughed at what Conor has done. He’s like the kid in the play­ground do­ing ex­actly what he wants.

“He’s got the lot in my opin­ion and it’s not a ques­tion of whether or not he makes it as a pro­fes­sional, it’s a case of who he signs for.

“Make no mis­take he’s the real deal.”

Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son was im­pressed with his first look at Washington. The player has been train­ing with the Posh youth team.

Fer­gu­son said: “Conor was cer­tainly a de­cent fin­isher which is what I ex­pected given his goalscor­ing record.”

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