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Non-League Youngster Joins On Trial

Dover Athletic academy star Tom Carlton is heading to Hogwood for a weeks trial with the Royals.

(Not Tom Carlton)
(Not Tom Carlton)
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It is clearly all the rage to pluck hidden non-league nuggets these days, and Reading are joining the trend as they take a closer look at 16-year-old Carlton, currently of National League promotion-chasers Dover. Yet to play for the Whites, Carlton joined the Kent club's academy in the summer after being released by West Ham United.

Since moving to Dover, Carlton has caught the eye for in the academy side and it is believed that several scouts have been tracking the youngster, who netted five goals in an 11-1 victory over Margate last week. On his trial, the Whites academy boss Mike Sandmann told the Dover Express:

"It's great for the academy players to be having these type of clubs watch their games. There is some real talented players in our academy and hopefully more and more will get the opportunity."

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