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11 October 2017

Three of Russell's Special Trialists played for Town reserves against Mansfield yesterday and your original/regular Diary hasn't seen anything much about them anywhere. So let's see if we can find anything out about them, shall we?

From what I can make out, Carl Lawson is likely to be the forward who came through the academy at Sunderland and has just turned 23. Eighteen months ago their local paper was discussing his first-team potential and the lad can undoubtedly strike a ball. Unusually, though, Carl has neither made it to the first XI nor been loaned out to half a dozen middling clubs in the third and fourth tiers. Fans seem to think his progress was impeded by injury. As recently as April, though, he was still showing enough to have earned a trial at Middlesbrough so maybe he's worth a closer look for Town, eh?

Left-back Jason Akiotu has spent about half of his 19 years on the books at Crystal Palace. He trialled with Leicester last April but was given a new contract to remain in south London shortly afterwards. Born in our nation's great cosmopolitan capital, our Jase models himself on Bayern Munich's Austrian international David Alaba, and hopes to play for Nigeria one day after living out his club football dreams on the Costa del Cleethorpes.

Lastly, Jude Oyibo has taken a lower-key route into the game via the Cheshire non-League scene. His current spell at Glossop North End follows periods with Stalybridge Celtic, Stockport County and Altrincham. I can't find how old he is but his pictures look distinctly millennial. He's a winger and he's dead quick.

Well done to Town's newly superb new official website for seemingly spelling all their names correctly, and a big yay for Akwasi Asante, who continued his comeback from injury by getting another hour of football in. Mansfield won 2-0 because they're spending lots of pretend money again. Will we sign any of these players? No. Will Dave Boylen see his dream realised as Town become a progressive-minded club built on youth development? Well, Max Wright's doing well at Scarborough Athletic. See ya.