Five trialists joined United for the start of pre-season training this morning, so let's take a closer look at them

 

Harrison Blakey

Born Liversedge, 22nd Septemer 1993, age 18, holding midfielder. Son of ex-England and Yorkshire cricketer Richard Blakey. Former youth team player from Huddersfield who was converted into a midfielder from a centre-half while with Town's Academy, had earlier joined the Terriers from Leeds United's schoolboy sides in January 2010 to begin his YTS contract at the Galpharm Stadium. Released by Huddersfield at the end of last season after not being offered a professional contract.

 

Alessio Bugno

Born Magenta, Italy, 27th March 1990, age 22, left-back. Son of former World Champion cyclist Gianni Bugno. Began career in youth ranks with AC Renate, went on loan to UC AlbinoLeffe in January 2008. Signed in January 2009 for Pro Sesto and made nine appearances during seasons 2008-09 and 2009-10 in Lega Pro Prima Divisione (League One/League Two equivalent) and then Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (League Two/Blue Square Bet Premier equivalent).

Went on loan to US Caratese (now a merged club called US Folgore Caratese A.S.D) in 2009-10 season and made 16 appearances and scored one goal in Serie D (Blue Square Bet North/South equivalent). Moved to AC Monza Brianza as a free agent in summer of 2010, going back to Lega Pro Prima Divisione level.

Made 17 appearances and scored one goal in 2010-11 campaign in which Monza escaped relegation via a play-off, then 14 starts and 4 substitute appearances in 2011-12 season when Monza were eventually relegated to the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after losing in the relegation play-offs to F.C. Esperia Viareggio.

 

Dale Hopson

Born Stockton-on-Tees, 13th September 1992, age 19, central midfielder. Came through the youth ranks at Darlington before making professional debut in 3-1 win at Ebbsfleet in Blue Square Bet Premier in November 2011. Made 14 starts, one substitute appearance and scored two goals for youthful Darlington first team last season.

 

Jonathan Meades

Born Cardiff, 2nd March 1992, age 20, left-back, switched from being a midfielder in younger days. Came through the youth ranks at Cardiff City during Graham Kavanagh's time there as a player. Penned a one year professional contract with the Bluebirds in the summer of 2010, then signed a further 12-month deal last summer, then released at the end of last season after making no first team appearances for the Welshmen.

Had a loan spell in Norway with FK Moss in the second tier of Norwegian football from August 2010 in which he started ten games and scored one goal. Has been capped once for Wales at under-21 level as a 76th minute substitute in a 3-2 defeat away to Montenegro on 6th September 2011.

 

Aaran Taylor

25-year old currently out of contract goalkeeper who has played for Workington Reds as their number one choice for the last two seasons, and has played as an outfield player in the more local leagues and for Harraby Catholic Club. Won Workington Reds’ National Supporters Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Most Improved Player awards at end of 2010-11 campaign and Workington’s Away Supporters’ Player of the Year award last season.

Was also at Workington in 2008, and then went to Barrow for a couple of months on non-contract terms at the start of the 2008-09 campaign, then after leaving the Bluebirds he spent some time with Penrith FC. Prior to that Aaran was at Carlisle City in 2007 and at Annan Athletic in 2005. A man of many local clubs and playing positions.