Newcastle have invited teenage striker Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards for a two-week trial according to The Jamaican Observer. The 17-year-old plays for Kingston College and Phoenix Academy and is coming off a 30-goal and 19-assist campaign for the Jamaican schoolboy side.
Richards obtained a British visa for the trial last week but is awaiting another visa for potential trials with unnamed European clubs. The president of Kingston College, Craig Butler, confirmed the trial without citing Newcastle to the outlet:
“It is one of the top five clubs in the English Premier League at the moment, but this is not something that is new to Phoenix.
“It is something that we have gone through before. We all know that the Phoenix players have been developed the proper way, good technique, good development – and Whisper is one of those that is at the highest level.
“He is going to England to do a trial with a club there, and we are looking forward to seeing him perform at that level and to make his path.
“He is a very talented young player, and a very powerful young player, and a very dedicated young player.
“I believe that it is now the right time to make the move, to go and show what he can do so that when it is time for him to sign, he would have been well-known and well-appreciated by clubs in England and mainland Europe.”
Interestingly Butler, who founded Kingston College, is the agent and stepfather of Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey, who is a Jamaican international. Richards was one of a number of youngsters invited to training sessions earlier this month held by the Jamaican National team manager Heimir Hallgrímsson.