40-goal non-league striker to play game for Millwall U21s

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MILLWALL are set to give non-league striker Connor Calcutt a chance to impress in an U21 fixture against QPR on Tuesday.

The ex-Tottenham trainee, 19, has scored over 40 goals this season playing for Berkhamsted in the ninth tier of English football.

Calcutt trained with the Lions last week and will be given a run out in a development match.

Head of recruitment Mick Harford said: "He is a young lad and we don't know whether he is going to be good enough or not.

"I went to a random game and he did very well. He looked the part. He's a good size and has a good presence.

"He hasn't looked out of place with our U21s so we'll give him an opportunity. It might not work out, but I think there are players out there who can be found.

"This is us looking in non-league for young players who we can bring into the development squad and improve on the training ground.

"We're unlikely to take players on who are 27 or 28 out of non-league because most of them are down there for a reason, but there are younger lads we are looking at."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “40-goal non-league striker to play game for Millwall U21s

  • April 15, 2014 at 11:50
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    Sounds interesting, although a little confusing.
    Didn't we recently downgrade the scouting network in favour of databases? These young non-league players won't have stats on a database, but could be where there are some real gems which don't even touch the overall budget.
    Get them early with raw talent and then nurture them.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 11:53
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    This is what we need to do because there must be plenty of young talent playing in non-league football who would welcome the chance of proving that they are good enough to be given a professional contract with a league club. You never know in a couple of years tome we could have a prolific goal scoring partnership of Calcutt and Pavey!!!

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  • April 15, 2014 at 11:54
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    Fingers crossed.
    good work mick.
    good luck connor.
    it worked well for pavey so lets hope he looks the part today

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  • April 15, 2014 at 11:58
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    You know who else us young non league and prolific ANDRE GRAY could be the next morison (back when he was really good of course)

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    • April 15, 2014 at 12:04
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      @hams: I said last night hams get chris woods and andre gray for next season if we could, I think there goals there.

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    • April 15, 2014 at 12:15
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      @hams: I have always said we should get andre Gray luton are going up this season and so will the price,I have said in the past when jacket was here about andre.
      I live in Hastings and the hastings team has some good young players.

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      • April 15, 2014 at 14:38
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        @colin66: I live in Hastings too, you going Doncaster game?

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        • April 15, 2014 at 15:08
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          @sadlier89: I wanted to but got family coming down for Easter shame really but never mind,What about you

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          • April 15, 2014 at 15:21
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            @colin66: yer should be a good day out and a chance to leap Doncaster in the league

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          • April 16, 2014 at 11:17
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            @colin66: I would love to take you up on your offer of a drink to hopefully celebrate Millwall avoiding relegation but one of my many health prevents me from drinking alcohol. (Its so long since I last had a drink that I am not sure if I have spelt it correctly!!!)

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        • April 15, 2014 at 17:16
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          @sadlier89: I also live in Hastings. I am 71 years old and unfortunately due to ill health can no longer attend any games. However, I am still Milllwall through and through and have been since 1955.

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          • April 15, 2014 at 17:37
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            @denslions: I think we should have a millwall end of season drink in of the pubs in town

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          • April 15, 2014 at 18:20
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            @denslions: well I don't have much family left, if you ever need anything let me know. if you ever feel like going up ill get the train with you

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          • April 15, 2014 at 20:39
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            @denslions: good to hear that there is a Hastings chapter supporting Millwall. Sorry tom hear about your health issues but feel certain that three wins before the end of the season will improve your general well being. Cheers

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          • April 16, 2014 at 15:37
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            @denslions: I would take you out for a coke and if you want to be really daring maybe some ice in it

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        • April 16, 2014 at 11:09
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          @sadlier89: Many thanks for your kind offer. Unfortunately my health problems prevent me from travelling outside Hastings.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 12:10
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    There is a lot of talent in Non-League.
    And some real bargains to pick up.
    I watch a bit of Non-League and seen a few players that could make to jump up to Championship.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 12:22
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    i live near Maidstone and they always seem to have a few youngsters who look quite handy with a football.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 12:34
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    Watch out for another prolific striker called Charlie Pea - scored 24 in 16 games...........( could get him for pea - nuts ).

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  • April 15, 2014 at 12:37
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    One thing is for sure, non-League players will have desire and hunger to succeed. I am sure many will not make the grade once tested with other Pro's but definitely worth taking a look. Goal scoring is an instinct and it can't be trained into players that don't have it.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 13:09
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    Looking further ahead we will struggle for youngsters coming through as couple of years ago we went from an academy to a centre of excellence which meant parents had to travel a lot further to get thier kids to games on match days costing them more money so they dropped out. This is something the club should look at as I feel there is talent locally.
    Its good the club are looking at non league though.

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    • April 16, 2014 at 11:55
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      @ozeyn117: This isn't the case anymore, we have gone back to being an Academy so shouldn't have as many issues finding players apart from the lack of a scouting department!

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      • April 16, 2014 at 12:46
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        @Bradders: glad to hear that..I was told a few years ago about the change and it would impact on the kids teams..thanks for the updste.

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        • April 16, 2014 at 16:20
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          @ozeyn117: No worries and it did, hence when we got a decent youngster they would bugger off to play for a good Academy because there was no chance of them getting 1st team.

          I'm glad we have come back to being a category 2 academy with the chance to produce good talents for the future and make Millwall a great club again!

          We run the club on youngsters for years and now we can do it again while Berylson still pumps Millions in.... win-win!

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  • April 15, 2014 at 13:23
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    I think it makes sense; a lot of good players we're playing Non-League not so long ago; Charlie Austin, Gareth McCleary, Jamie Vardy, Alfie Pavey (hopefully!). Got to be the way forward for a club like ours; certainly better than being a dumping ground for expensive has beens with no value at all.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 13:31
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    This is exactly what we should be doing, I mentioned this recently in another post but we need to start looking more at the local clubs (Dulwich Hamlet, Dartford, etc) as there are some brilliant young players there just waiting for the chance to play at a higher level, a good example of this is a player at Dulwich Hamlet called Erhun Oztumer, ive watched Dulwich a few times this year and he has really stuck out as a player with quality. He recently had a trial at Burnley, how have the Millwall scouts not spotted him when he's pretty much on their doorstep. Pavey came from Maidstone United along with a couple of others and they seem to have really stepped up and should be given a chance in pre-season.

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    • April 15, 2014 at 14:43
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      @LionsDan: According to a QPR press man Both OBrien and Callcutt are playing very well as are Millwall..sounds very encouraging

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    • April 16, 2014 at 14:38
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      @LionsDan: Trust me, there's no player at Dartford worth a look. Iv'e sen them a few times this year, not good. By the way, what has happened to Fred, and does anyone know how the lad got on last night?

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  • April 15, 2014 at 15:26
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    millwall should look at Allen, Hogan, and Henderson at rochdale, really really good players especially Allen really good youngster

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  • April 15, 2014 at 15:27
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    should look at Allen, Hogan, and Henderson , really really good players especially Allen really good youngster

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  • April 15, 2014 at 15:36
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    Doesn't MH look like a character off 'The Sweeney'? 'Get ya trowza's on, you're nicked petal'.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 15:55
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    You now who else we should sign, stevie may top scorer for st johnstone 21 years old and regarded as one of th biggest prospects in english football

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    • April 15, 2014 at 15:56
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      @hams: scottish football I mean

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  • April 15, 2014 at 16:13
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    Change the photo! Thought you had found a 19 year old with that ageing disease for a minute.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 19:02
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    40 goals in the ninth tier is 40 goals in the ninth tier so nobody should be getting carried away. Costs nothing to take a look though.
    There are about a 100 players looking for clubs on the PFA website, a lot of these are youngsters released by Premiership clubs. Why not organise a few trial games for these lads against our second string or youngsters close season? They must have had some good qualities to be scouted in the first place.

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  • April 15, 2014 at 19:16
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    Yeah he sounds promising, bring him in take him down to the training ground get him injured & we'll never see him again !

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  • April 16, 2014 at 10:19
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    Try the boy costs nothing,it is true that he marks so much in ninth tier,but in fact the nose for goal or you have it or you cannot invent...and down in bermondsey would improve much more again!

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