Who are the two trialists at Hamilton?

Hamilton’s first trialist is 23-year-old Dutch-born winger Justin Johnson.

He started his career at Sparta Rotterdam before moving to England to join the academy at Manchester United.

After being released from there joined non-league side FC United of Manchester’s academy.

He penned a three-year deal with Dundee United after impressing the club as an amateur in the development squad, most notably when he scored a hat-trick against Ross County in a 9-2 win and had a hand in three other goals in April 2015.

He was once tipped as a “SPFL Wonderkid”

He made his first-team debut for the Arabs two days after signing his professional contract against Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Championship.

Jackie McNamara said:

“We see great potential in Justin. He is fast, direct, and entertaining. There is a lot of hard work ahead but we now have a chance to develop him into a first team player at Dundee United. He is the type of player we want to develop and play at Tannadice. Justin has caught the eye with some exciting performances for the Development Squad while on an amateur contract. The Club has moved swiftly to secure him on a professional contract. “I would have had him involved with the first team squad already but we know there were other clubs after him and we wanted to make sure we had him signed up. He’s a crowd pleaser. It will now be our job to turn that potential into a player the fans will be entertained by.”

Following McNamara’s departure from United, Johnson’s fell rapidly down the pecking order under new boss Mixu Pattelainen and joined York City on loan at the start of 2016/17 season.

However, he only made five appearances for the Minstermen and by January, wasn’t even featuring in the reserve side and was on the “unwanted list”.

His contract with York City and Dundee United were both soon cancelled by mutual consent.

After not having a club for the 2017/18 season, Johnson made the move to Cyprus to join second division side Othellos Athienou, before being loaned out Akritas Chlorakas last season.

Hamilton’s second trialist is the 2019/20 Northern Premier League Player of The Year, Tunde Owolabi, who scored 35 goals in 41 games for FC United of Manchester last season.

His tally of 28 league goals for Neil Reynolds’ promotion chasers was the highest by any player in the top seven tiers of English football last term.

The 24-year-old hitman spent the 2018-19 season at Radcliffe Borough, where he notched 26 goals in all competitions, and helped the club earn promotion to the Northern Premier League.

The Nigerian-born forward joined the club in bizarre circumstances. He was spotted in Manchester airport on his return to England after his short stint in Malta, and was quickly offered to join the Red Rebels on a permanent basis, and has thrived ever since.

Speaking about Tunde, FC United of Manchester manager Neil Reynolds said to Outside The 92:

“Tunde is an exceptional player and he is a ‘fans favourite’ at FC. It’s not surprising with his goal ratio – everyone loves a goal scorer! However, Tunde is only as good as the lads he plays with. We play to Tunde’s strengths but without that telepathy that he has with the other players he wouldn’t have as many chances to get into the goal scoring situations.Saying that, I love having a centre-forward who has all the attributes that Tunde possesses. To top it off, he has incredible work ethic and is a real gentleman.”

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