Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dylan Secures A-League Trial; Ipswich Footballer Invitedto Join Mariners First Team

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dylan Secures A-League Trial; Ipswich Footballer Invitedto Join Mariners First Team

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

FOOTBALL: Western Pride's goal-scoring ace Dylan Wenzel-Halls has boosted his future A-League prospects by being invited to trial with the Central Coast Mariners.

After a pre-season stint with Perth Glory, the Ipswich footballer has continued to impress in the Queensland National Premier Leagues season.

Mariners head of football Nick Montgomery has confirmed the former St Peter Claver College student will join the club's first team next week.

"In terms of the player Dylan is, I think he's definitely someone who could have a career in the A-League,'' Montgomery said.

"We've invited him up for a trial next week and get him training with the first team before we have our five-week break for the off-season.''

In 10 NPL matches this season, Wenzel-Halls has already scored 22 goals, smashing a number of club and competition records.

Among that haul was seven goals against Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

Wenzel-Halls also netted the sensational last-gasp goal to secure Pride its historic 2-1 NPL grand final victory over Moreton Bay United last year.

In his important role at the Mariners, experienced footballer Montgomery searches for exciting prospects.

"I've started to look for the best young talent in the country and that's something that the Mariners have always done really well,'' he said.

"Look at the history of the players that have gone through to become Socceroos and play in the A-League as well as the EPL (English Premier League) and all the different countries.''

Montgomery said Wenzel-Halls deserved his chance to impress the Mariners head coach before the next A-League season.

"Dylan is playing men's football. He's scoring a lot of goals so obviously he can play,'' Montgomery said.

"It's a big step up to the A-League. …

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