Welling United are looking to appoint a scout for emerging talent in an effort to increase the football club’s diverse representation.
The ambitious National League South squad brought in former Newport County boss Warren Feeney as manager earlier this year, after the ex-Northern Ireland international took charge of Bulgarian Pirin Blagoevgrad – whom he led to promotion last season.
The Wings already have an ethnically diverse first team with players from different African descent and European backgrounds.
Welling is captained by midfield central Sam Cox, who grew up with and played on the same side as England skipper Harry Kane at youth level with the Spurs. A full-fledged Guyana international, Cox is also the assistant manager of the national team, acting as number two to ex-Birmingham City and Derby County fullback Michael Johnson.
Cox’s veteran central midfielder Yaser Karim is a former Fulham and Spurs academy player. Baghdad-born Karim previously played for clubs such as Brighton, Luton and Swindon, and is an Iraqi international.
But Welling also wants to play a role in addressing the under-representation of other communities in the game, especially diversifying the path of their girls and women.
The club demonstrated their intent with the appointment earlier this year of UEFA Pro licensee and FA coach trainer Keith Boanas as manager of their women’s team.
Former Estonia manager Boanas is a Women’s FA Cup winner with Charlton – where he helped advance the careers of England legends Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Eni Aluko and Katie Chapman.
Miah invited to train with Welling
Meanwhile, Welling has invited Rayo Vallecano youngster Zidan Miah to train with them as he ramps up his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
British Bangladeshi baller Miah grew up in South London but moved to America on a scholarship to the Michael Johnson Performance Center to play youth football for FC Dallas before returning to England at Bromley.
After recovering from a meniscus injury sustained in training, Miah ventured abroad to train with Al Nasr before accepting an offer from the Dubai club to join Rayo Vallecano, Madrid-based La Liga club. Rayo Vallecano to join, declined.
Miah played at reserve team level in Spain last season with Tim Cahill’s son Kyah. Kyah made his international debut for Samoa.
Trailblazer Taylor calls for career time
Former Wales defender Neil Taylor has announced that he will retire at the age of 33.
Taylor, who has an English father and an Indian mother, has won 43 caps and made over 370 career appearances for Wrexham, Swansea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.
The fullback was part of the Wales team that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, scoring his only international goal in a 3-0 win over Russia and becoming the first British South Asian player to score at a major international tournament.
Taylor wrote on Twitter: “My professional career is over. I loved it. Forward and higher!!
“My mom said to me when I was 7 years old, if you ever want to quit, you can, but if you join… you’re all in, and I was!!
“But I am not anymore. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career, from the National League to the Premier League and to the dizzying heights with my beloved Wales.”
“I feel like I’ve washed away every ounce of ability (or lack of) I had through hard work, determination and sacrifice.
Wrexham, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Wales and Team GB.
“Managers, staff, players, fans, New Era, the people I now call friends and most importantly my entire family, without whom we all know, it wouldn’t be possible.
“On my family and next career steps… I’m in!!”
Taylor helped Swansea and Aston Villa to promotion to the Premier League and played his last game at Middlesbrough last season.
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