Blue Square Bet
Published 4th July 2012
.....return to the training ground.
Mooney has been released by Wycombe after spending all last season on loan at Evo-Stik League Southern League play-off winners Oxford City.
The 6`9” keeper had previously played in his native Northern Ireland for Championship sides Ards and Bangor, as well as Northern Amateur League football with Ards Rangers and Comber Rec.
As he searches for a back-up keeper for Jonathan Hedge, George said he had invited Mooney back for another look after he spent a day training with United at the end of last season.
He said: "We’re going to have a look at Jason over the next three days – he makes Tom Elliott (6`5”) look small!
"We watched him play a couple of times for Oxford City last season and he trained with us at the end of last season.
"We’ve arranged for him to come in this week because he’s going up to Tranmere for a trial next week, and we just wanted to have a look at him before them."
George said he was unlikely to have any triallists other than potential keepers during pre-season.
He said: "We had a trial game last week where we had thirty players in who had been released from professional clubs and been recommended to us.
"There were one or two we might follow up, but goalkeeper is the only position where we’ll probably have anyone in on trial."
The United squad began their pre-season build-up yesterday by undergoing body-fat tests at Anglia Ruskin University followed by fitness testing in the gym.
George said: "It’s difficult to impose a programme on the ones we’ve signed during the summer, but everyone has come back well.
"We tell everyone the importance of the work we’ve set them and the fact they won’t be able to start our pre-season because we haven’t got enough time to just get people fit.
"With such a young group, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t come back right.
"We’ve got to maximise what we’ve got and ensure we’re one of the fittest teams in this league."
Josh Coulson was set to see the specialist today to get the green light to return to full training after a groin operation at the end of last season.
Kevin Roberts spent last week at Lilleshall as he continues his recovery from the broken ankle suffered when scoring in April’s 3-1 win at Barrow, but George said he was expected to rejoin the squad next week.