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Footballer moves closer to winning Swindon or Orient deal
4:31pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Other Clubs
TALENTED Thamesmead amateur footballer Kery Kedze is a step closer to winning a professional playing contract with League One Swindon Town or Leyton Orient.
More than 5,000 players from all over the country entered Samsung’s win a Pro contract competition and Kedze is through to the quarter-final stage for the third year running.
Left midfielder Kedze, 20, is one of 88 players remaining after impressing scouts at regional trials.
He will now play in an 11-a-side match at Staines Town FC on November 4.
Kedze said: “I am so excited to be through to this stage in the competition again.
“Last year I got to the quarters and the year before that I got through to the final.
“Hopefully this will be third time lucky.
“To win would be such a big achievement.
“Being a professional footballer has always been my dream.”
Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio, who will pick one player to join his squad in January 2013, said: “Everyone has worked hard to make it this far in the competition. But there is still a long way to go.
“The players must demonstrate that they have what it takes to play professional football.
“It is a big step but I’m sure we will find a player who is capable.”
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade will also offer a year-long contract to one player.
He said: “Competing in Samsung’s win a pro contract means a lot of pressure for these players.
“But it is a huge opportunity for them to go on and become a professional.
“I’m looking for someone with the right attitude, intelligence on the pitch, and a special quality that makes them stand out like electric pace, a passing ability, or a real physical presence.”
The 88 players are battling it out to be among the 11 players selected for the final in December.
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