River Humphreys won the Fiat Tradesman Trials, earning himself a one-month trial at an EFL club, and he has revealed why he selected to join up with Sky Bet League One Rochdale.Humphreys, 25, was one of 20 tradesmen who took part in the trials day at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, which was launched by Fiat in a bid to find a tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional player in the EFL.
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The St. Helen's plasterer, who plays for non-league Runcorn Linnets, was picked as the winner by an expert judging panel, consisting of Stuart Pearce, Dean Windass and Geoff Horsfield, and he was delighted to come out on top.
He joined up with Keith Hill's side this week as they prepare for Season 2016/17, and centre-back Humphreys will be included in the Dale's pre-season fixtures.
“It was nerve-wracking at first [training with Rochdale] but they're a good bunch of lads once you get to know them,” he told Dale Player HD.
“Rochdale are a footballing side, and I'm a footballing centre-half, so obviously that fits in with me.
“And I know a couple of lads who have heard of Keith Hill and that he gives lads opportunities from non-league, so it was my best bet I thought.
“I need opportunities to get playing to show what I can do and I think this is my best opportunity here, where I can get that.”