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Buncrana goalie bids for pro contract 28.09.12

YOUNG Buncrana footballer Rory Kelly has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to win a professional playing contract with an English club.
Goalkeeper Rory, 21, of Cloncool Park, will now take part in the first-round trials of Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract that could see him sign up for either Swindon Town or Leyton Orient.
More than 5,000 players from all over the country entered and Rory is already through to skills testing sessions.
Last year’s winner, Chris Smith, was a student before he signed for League One Swindon Town in February. Chris made his first team debut against Bradford City in May.
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio said: “It will not be an easy journey for the players who have entered. Orient manager Russell Slade added: “Becoming a professional footballer is a demanding process. This competition will be very tough in terms of fitness, as well as skill.
Rory Kelly pictured with Republic of Ireland and Sunderland ace, James McClean.
The competition hopefuls take part in a series of trials and full matches watched by club scouts and the two managers. The two winners will be chosen in January 2013.
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