Welling want emerging talent scout | Miah set to train | Taylor retires


Welling United want to appoint an emerging talent scout in an effort to increase diverse representation at the football club.

The ambitious National League South side brought in former Newport County boss Warren Feeney as manager earlier this year following the ex-Northern Ireland international’s spell in charge of Bulgarian side Pirin Blagoevgrad – who he guided to promotion the previous season.

The Wings already have an ethnically diverse first-team squad with players of different African heritage and from a variety of European backgrounds.

Welling are captained by midfield lynchpin Sam Cox, who grew up with and played in the same side as England skipper Harry Kane at youth level with Spurs. Cox is a full Guyana international and is also the national side’s assistant manager, acting as number two to ex-Birmingham City and Derby County full-back Michael Johnson.

Cox’s experienced central midfield partner Yaser Karim is a former Fulham and Spurs academy player. Baghdad-born Karim has previously played for clubs including Brighton, Luton and Swindon, and is an Iraq international.

But Welling also want to play their part in addressing the under-representation of other communities in the game, and are particularly keen to diversify their girls’ and women’s pathway.

The club demonstrated their intent with the appointment of UEFA Pro Licence holder and FA coach educator Keith Boanas as manager of their women’s team earlier this year.

(L-R) Paul Whitehead, Zidan Miah, Chi Ezennolim, Sufian Miah Dev Trehan, Anwar Uddin
Image: Welling’s Man of the Match against Hungerford Town Chi Ezennolim pictured with chairman Paul Whitehead (L) and Zidan Miah

Former Estonia manager Boanas is a Women’s FA Cup winner with Charlton – where he helped progress the careers of England legends Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Eni Aluko and Katie Chapman.

Miah invited to train with Welling

Meanwhile, Welling have invited Rayo Vallecano youngster Zidan Miah to train with them as he steps up his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles.

British-Bangladeshi baller Miah grew up in south London but moved to America on a scholarship with the Michael Johnson Performance Center to play youth football for FC Dallas before a stint back in England with Bromley.

After recovering from a meniscus injury suffered during training, Miah ventured abroad to train with Al Nasr before turning down an offer from the Dubai club to join Madrid-based La Liga club Rayo Vallecano.

Miah played alongside Tim Cahill’s son Kyah at reserve team level in Spain last season. Kyah made his international debut for Samoa.

Trailblazer Taylor calls time on career

Trinidad and Tobago Levi Garcia (left) Wales' Neil Taylor (right) battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 20, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Image: Neil Taylor is the only British South Asian to score at a major international tournament

Former Wales defender Neil Taylor has announced his retirement from playing at the age of 33.

Taylor, who has an English father and an Indian mother, won 43 caps and made over 370 career appearances for Wrexham, Swansea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

The full-back was part of the Wales team that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, scoring his only international goal in a 3-0 victory over Russia and becoming the first British South Asian to score at a major international tournament.

Writing on Twitter, Taylor said: “My professional career is over. Loved it. Onwards and upwards!!

“My mum said to me when I was 7 years old, if you ever want to stop you can, but if you’re in.. you’re all in, and I was!!

“But I no longer am. I’ve enjoyed my career immensely, playing from the National League all the way up to the Premier League and to the dizzy heights with my beloved Wales.

Aston Villa's Neil Taylor during the Carabao Cup second-round match against Burton Albion
Image: Neil Taylor made 370 appearances during his professional career

“I feel like I’ve rinsed out every ounce of ability (or lack of) that I had through hard work, determination & sacrifice.

“Wrexham, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Wales and Team GB.

“Managers, Staff, Players, Fans, New Era, the people who I now call friends and most importantly my whole family, without whom we all know, it isn’t possible.

“To my family and next career steps…I’m all in!!”

Taylor helped Swansea and Aston Villa win promotion to the Premier League and played his final game at Middlesbrough last season.

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