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GFLM keen to take up tournament invitation

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GUERNSEY could play at this early summer Jacksons International Trophy Tournament.

Irish eyes are smiling: Republic of Ireland captain Brendan O'Connell lifts the Jacksons International Trophy at Springfield last May. The team was made up of amateur players from the third tier of Irish football. (Picture by Adrian Topley, 27143446)

The green light for a Guernsey League representative side, headed by coach Charlie Pinsard, could be given as early as tomorrow night at a players’ meeting at the Bels Club headquarters at The Track.

The tournament, which will be played at Springfield from 21-27 May, will feature a Jersey FA side, the Football Association of Ireland, Isle of Man FA, Northern Ireland FA, Middlesex Wanderers. Cliftonville (TBC) and one other side.

Phil Corbet, a former Guernsey Muratti manager and now chairman of Guernsey Football League Management, is very keen that the Sarnians are represented.

‘The GFLM board see this as part of the development process of Guernsey football and we would probably use some of our very good U18s group.

‘There would be some U18s but with the quality of the opposition we would have to take a decent group of senior players.

‘Charlie is currently trying to gauge the level of interest from players we would like to send,’ Corbet added.

The Guernsey Football Association are happy that the GFLM takes up the invitation, but the question of financing an 18-man squad travelling to Jersey for a full week still needs to be addressed.

‘This is a good chance to develop our players and we want to whet the appetites of players playing below GFC level.’

  • More in Wednesday's Guernsey Press.
Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
Sports Editor

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