Scales set for Bris­tol Rovers

Ark­low’s Liam on the move

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - SOC­CER Update

ARK­LOW’S Liam Scales is ex­pected to sign for League One side Bris­tol Rovers in a move to se­cure first-team foot­ball for him­self for the com­ing sea­son.

Hav­ing re­ceived a con­tract of­fer from Manch­ester City ear­lier this sea­son that would have in­volved him play­ing with the club’s un­der-23 team, the UCD de­fender is now be­lieved to be plan­ning on re­ject­ing that of­fer.

Along with team­mate Neil Far­ru­gia, Scales went on trial with the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons back in April. The 20-year-old im­pressed dur­ing the stint with Man City and the club are un­der­stood to have mon­i­tored his per­for­mances at the Toulon Tour­na­ment ear­lier this month, where he was part of Stephen Kenny’s Repub­lic of Ire­land un­der-21 side

How­ever, Scales is said to have re­jected a con­tract of­fer from Pep Guardi­ola’s team in favour of a trans­fer to League One, as he would have been part of City’s un­der-23 team. The re­port claims that the de­fender has been as­sured by Bris­tol Rovers’ Ir­ish man­ager Graham Cough­lan that he will be in the first-team for the up­com­ing sea­son.

Scales will be­come the fourth player to leave UCD this sum­mer. Far­ru­gia and Gary O’Neill joined Sham­rock Rovers and Conor Davis has signed for Derry City.

The de­fender joined UCD from Ark­low Town in 2015. He went on to make 88 ap­pear­ances for the Stu­dents and helped them earn pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion last year.

Ark­low’s Liam Scales is ex­pected to play League One foot­ball with Bris­tol Rovers next sea­son.

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