Chromasport United Counties League
Published 13th June 2012
The prolific St Ives Town starlet found the net more than fifty times in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division last season, attracting the interest of no less than eleven professional clubs in the process.
A trial with Peterborough United followed, before Cambridge United became one of the frontrunners to claim the forward’s signature, although U’s manager Jez George has never commented on rumours linking them with the youngster.
But rigorous medicals have shown Washington requires an operation on his left knee before a move into the professional ranks can be secured.
"The teams talking to him are still keen, but you’re not going to get a pro contract when you’ve got a problem with your knee," said Saints’ joint-manager Jez Hall.
"He’s got to be patient as he’ll still only be 20 at the end of the next campaign. There’s no rush, he’s just got to get himself fixed.
"We had eleven clubs from the Championship down to the Conference interested in him, and some of those were really big clubs.
"We hadn’t realised how many had been watching him.
"It’s scuppered things for a little while, but I’m sure Jez George would still be keen once he’s had the operation. Fair play to Cambridge as Conor has got nothing but nice things to say about them.
"It’s a minor blip and then he’ll be back to everyone chasing him again."
Hall still thinks Washington might make a move away from Westwood Road in the closed season to a team a couple of rungs up the non-League ladder.
"When you’re training four or five hours day, with all the stresses of professional football, nobody will be signing him until it’s fixed, and it would hurt him if he trained on it for much longer in the pro ranks," said Hall.
"There are sides a couple of levels above us still interested in him, so he still might play at step three next season, for example."