Who is Freddy Hall?
Ooh, how exciting.... "Bermuda international goalkeeper Freddy Hall is set to join English League One club Charlton Athletic on a two-week trial. The 23-year-old has been recommended to the Addicks by former Newcastle United and West Ham 'keeper Shaka Hislop who coached Hall at Quinnipiac University."
Freddy Hall, who hails from St George's, was due to go Major League Soccer trials to be held in early January in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in readiness for the MLS Draft and then the new season which kicks of in March but it looks as if his college coach Shaka Hislop has given his former Reading team mate Parky a heads up and we are to take a look at him first, with maybe a thought that he could replace Darren Randolph as back-up to Elliot.
Hall impressed during the most recent (summer) NCAA Division One season leading all kinds of statistical tables, that only Americans concern themselves with, and also being selected in the All-Conference team. Avid college sports backer ESPN also named him as one of their top 10 goalkeepers of the '2010 class of prospects'.
Hall played for 3 seasons for the Quinnipiac Bobcats whilst he studied for an Information Technology. Quinnipiac is a high-ranking university in the suburbs of New Haven in Connecticut with a growing sports pedigree and I notice his fellow team mates include two Brazilians, a Belgium, a Swede, a couple of lads from the Caribbean and another 'keeper from the north-east, who played with Southampton's academy.
Bermudian's sportsmen sadly lack any kind of real ambition and it is something that Shaun Goater for example continues to grapple with but Hall has been schooled in the USA since a young age and in a recent interview
bemoaned Bermuda for being too small, which at least told of some ambition to make a career for himself outside in the big world. The 6ft 2 Hall also achieved varsity status in basketball but be aware Quinnipiac his hardly known for churning out sports superstars unlike fellow north-east schools such as Brown University, where Cory Gibbs attended. Oh.