St Helens plasterer, River Humphreys, 25, has beaten off stiff competition from across the UK to win the Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials – a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional footballer in the English Football League.
River, a plasterer for Rob Ewan construction, was one of 20 tradesman footballers who took part in the trials day at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Friday 24 June.
Previously a runner-up on TV competition Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker and centre half for Runcorn Linnets FC, River has selected League One side Rochdale AFC, and now has the chance to earn himself a full-time professional contract. Previously an academy player at both Everton and Wrexham, River also wins a cheque for £2,000.
Former electrician and England legend, Stuart Pearce, commented: “After putting all the players through their paces in the morning, it was clear that River was head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. His temperament and decision-making was absolutely top-class, and we’re all delighted for him. He’s a worthy winner.”
Andrea Patti, Fiat Professional UK Marketing Manager, said: “Fiat Professional has a proud history of working closely with tradesmen and satisfying their varying needs in terms of mobility and transport. We know that a large percentage of them are football fans and we are proud to be a partner of the English Football League.”
To view a video of the trials day, and see River Humphreys in action, click here.