AFC Sudbury midfielder Ryan Henshaw will be staying with Colchester United for a while longer after impressing coaches at the League One club.
The 17-year-old, who could only earn a professional contract because of his age, has been at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the last month.
However, he has yet to show what he can do in a match because of the weather, but will get the chance to don the blue and white of the U’s in a reserve game in the New Year.
“They have extended my trial until the New Year and want to get me in a few games,” said Henshaw, whose superb volley against Hampton & Richmond Borough during December 11’s FA Trophy exit was his third goal of the season.
“They seem to have been impressed and say I’ve been doing well in training, so they want to get me involved in a game now.”
Henshaw, who lives in Silver End, Essex, will have strong competition for the professional contracts on offer at Colchester, with a number of second-year youth scholars soon approaching when they will learn whether or not they will also be handed deals.
“Now is crunch time for the second years and I’m in the same boat as them because I am too old for the youth team,” added Henshaw, who missed out on the chance to feature for the youth team as part of his trial because of postponements.
But he was handed an excellent Christmas present when Colchester extended the youngster’s trial and told him he would have the opportunity to turn out for the reserves.
That chance may come when the U’s travel to Boreham Wood to face Watford Reserves on January 24.