Blue Square Bet
Published 5th February 2011
Blue Square Bet Premier club Grimsby Town`s young goalkeeper Rob Peet has been handed a trial at Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.
The 18-year-old will travel to the Red Devils' Carrington training base next week after being invited by United for a five-day trial, subject to an agreement between the two clubs.
It comes after a stunning display for Robbie Stockdale's young Mariners in their narrow extra-time defeat at Newcastle United in last week's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie.
Scouts from Old Trafford were at the game watching their prospective fifth round opponents and were obviously impressed with what they saw from the Melton Mowbray teenager.
Now he has the possibility of training with the likes of international keepers Edwin Van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak and Anders Lindegaard at Old Trafford under the tutelage of United goalkeeping coaches Eric Steele and Alan Fettis.
And Mariners` goalkeeping coach Steve Croudson is delighted for his young protégé.
Croudson said: "I'm absolutely made-up for Rob.
"You work with someone like him every day and when news comes through like this, it's fantastic.
"It's a great opportunity for him to go there and enjoy it first and foremost.
"How many people can say they've been to train at Man United; I can't and not many people can.
"He will go there and train with some great players and work with the goalkeepers there for a week.
"Edwin Van der Sar is the best goalkeeper around in my opinion so for him to work with Rob is absolutely brilliant – I'm jealous of him if I'm honest."
Peet joined Town ahead of the 2009/10 campaign and has progressed to the point of being named in the first-team squad on the bench for the Blue Square Bet Premier clash with Histon at Blundell Park earlier this season.
He is a regular for the Youth and Reserve teams and was outstanding in Town's 2-1 extra-time defeat at St James' Park a week ago.
It's form that has earned him the chance to impress the Red Devils coaches, following in the footsteps of former Town Youth players Jack Barlow and Matthew Bird in recent years.
Croudson just hopes the young stopper will do himself justice and not be overawed by the week with United.
The 31-year-old ex-Town keeper added: "He is a second year YT.
"I've said to him all along he has to keep working hard at his game and progressing because he has done really well so far. I went to watch him last week at Newcastle and thought he did really well."