AFC Sudbury’s Ryan Henshaw has spoke of his hopes of still making it in the professional game after being released from a trial at Colchester United.
But for now, the tenacious midfielder is prepared to knuckle down at King’s Marsh and concentrate on helping the club push for a play-off berth.
The 17-year-old received the disappointing news that after more than a month at the Weston Homes Community Stadium he would not be offered a professional contract.
He said: “I was not very happy about it but you have to take these things on the chin. They said there were other players around who had been there for longer.”
The Thurstable Sports College Student has also suffered the disappointment on missing out on the final English Colleges squad this season.
But Henshaw, who began his career in Cornard United’s youth setup before catching former U’s player Nicky Smith’s eye, is now hoping to end the campaign on a high note by leading Sudbury into the top five in his first full season.
“I will keep taking every game as it comes because I am at AFC now. I always was a Sudbury player, it is my club. I have been over to Colchester as I wanted to improve myself,” he said.
“Yes, it was a step up. Like being in the first team at Sudbury, and something different for me and it was good.
“I have been in games and training with the likes of Steve Gillespie, Kem Izzet and Kayode Odejayi and it was all good experience for myself.”
Henshaw, who was dropped to the bench in AFC’s 4-2 defeat at league leaders East Thurrock United on Tuesday, will be hoping to re-claim his place at strugglers Waltham Forrest on Saturday (3pm) before giving AFC’s home fans another glimpse of his potential against Tilbury on Tuesday (7.45pm).