Dodge takes a step closer to football dream

Haydn Dodge

Haydn Dodge - Credit: Archant

Talented local footballer Haydn Dodge is a step closer to winning a dream professional contract with Leyton Orient, Swindon Town or Wycombe Wanderers.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper, from Park Lane, St Albans, is one of 88 players who have progressed onto the semi-final stages of Samsung’s nationwide Win A Pro Contract competition, which attracted a record number 5,700 entrants.

Dodge impressed the Football CV scouts at his regional trial at Gillette Corner Goals Soccer Centre on Sunday, October 13.

He said: “I feel motivated to continue working hard and to progress further. I’m proud of myself for what I have done so far and hopeful that this is just the beginning.

“It’s a real privilege to be selected to be a part of the last 88 and into the semi final of the Samsung Win A Pro Contract competition.

“Preparation for any sporting event is tough; it takes hard work and focus. Since the regional trials I’ve been working to ensure my sessions are frequent and beneficial, to impress at the semi-final.”

Dodge will compete in an 11-a-side match against fellow amateur hopefuls at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium this Sunday, December 15.