How to impress scouts at a trial

Gus Poyet tells you how to catch the eye of a scout and earn a contract

It's your big chance. You've been given a trial with a club, and you're eager to show what you can do. It's a potentially life-changing opportunity, so understandably there may be a few nerves.

Gus Poyet knows what's involved, having progressed to become an international midfielder with Uruguay and then seen life on the other side of the fence as a Premier League manager with Sunderland.

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In this video, Poyet explains how to approach a trial game and impress the watching coaches.

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Be prepared to be patient and don’t overdo it by trying to win the game on your own, taking risks every time you get the ball.

But play without fear and do something to make you stand out. Show them that you have got something different to what they already have, in whatever position you play.

Give them a moment to remember you by, and it might just earn you that contract.

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Gus Poyet is one of a number of guest coaches who deliver sessions for students at the FootballCV Academy in Stamford. For more information visit


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