U’s ace nets trial with Hull

Sam Cruttwell pictured playing for Little Common earlier in the season
Sam Cruttwell pictured playing for Little Common earlier in the season

A Hastings United footballer has been invited for a trial with a Premier League club.

Sam Cruttwell, who only turned 17 last month, has been asked to spend a week with Hull City, although the dates have yet to be confirmed as the player is still in full-time education.

United manager Terry White said: “I’m absolutely chuffed about it. He’s a good lad and a good player. I’ve put him in for five games and he’s been absolutely brilliant for me.”

In a busy week at The Pilot Field, defender Sean Kelly has told White he is taking a break from football and is set to try his hand at boxing.

“He said it’s nothing to do with playing under me, he had already made his mind up under the previous management that he wasn’t enjoying it,” White said. “He had enjoyed me being back in charge, but he had already made a commitment to do it while the previous incumbents were in place.”

Another defender Josh Jirbandey has been the subject of a seven-day approach from higher grade Kingstonian.

White said: “My gut feeling is he might go because it’s a higher standard, but is it worth going up for four weeks (until he returns to university in California)? He’s got to establish himself in the team and by the time he does that it might be time to leave.”

One player definitely leaving is midfielder Ronnie Dolan, who has gone to Ashford United.

“He said he got a bit disillusioned in the past couple of months and even though he played for me in the last couple of games, he felt he didn’t do himself justice,” White said. “He’s a great lad, but it just hasn’t worked out for him unfortunately.”

Kenny Pogue, who White described as “exceptional” in the 4-0 win at Redhill on Wednesday night, is away for the games away to Tooting & Mitcham United tomorrow (Saturday) and at home to Chipstead on Monday night.

What’s more, Sam Adams (groin) and Ben Judge (thigh) are rated 50-50, and Matt Darby thinks he might have broken a rib. On the plus side, Bailo Camara and Danny Ellis are set to come back in.

United - who sit fourth in Ryman Football League Division One South - are running a coach to the Tooting game, leaving The Pilot Field at 11.30am. The cost is £12 for adults, with a £2 discount for supporters’ club members, and £5 for under-18s. Email hastingsutdsupportersclub@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.