This is a mad story! When you are a young aspiring footballer, it can be difficult to get a break. Places at professional clubs are extremely limited and it is quite the challenge to get a scout to take notice of your talents.
Social media is a big help. Clips of games can now be shared with an almost unlimited audience in seconds, and we're sure clubs keep an eye on what is going on online.
Of course, there are also more unconventional ways to use social media to help make your dreams come true. A young Nigerian player found that out recently.
Richard Allison lives in Nigeria, but he contacted Cork City on Twitter to see what he could do to get a trial with the club. They replied that he would need 50,000 retweets on his tweet, no easy task.
Please everyone help me achieve my dream
I’m a Nigerian based footballer @CorkCityFC promised to offer me a free trial with them only if I can get 50,000 rt’s
Please I know it’s tough but I’m pleading 🙏🏽if u come across this in ur TL pls do well to RT 🙏🏽🙏🏽 @CorkCityFC pic.twitter.com/CBXK6CqAmV
— ? (@R_AllisonTweets) August 30, 2019
Of course, then the internet worked its magic. He would hit that goal in just a day, earning a trial with the Irish side in the process.
Cork City said earlier today that they were currently in the process of arranging a trial for the player, sorting out some of the specifics such as visas.
We have now sent @RICHARD_ALI_SON an email with the information required so we can help with with his visa for the trial
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) August 31, 2019
Hopefully it all works out for him. If it does, we could see a few more League of Ireland sides looking for players on Twitter.