WEMBLEY’S Juneck Ekofo will compete for a Football League professional contract for a second time and has lost none of his swagger.
The 20-year-old midfielder is in extremely confident and determined spirits ahead of the upcoming Samsung Win a Pro Contract competition in which he reached the semi-finals last time out.
There is a one-year contract up for grabs at either Swindon Town, Leyton Orient or Wycombe Wanderers and the process allows hopefuls to be tested at regional skills trials and in 11-a-side matches as they bid to kick-start their dreams of becoming a professional footballer.
Having reached the latter stages last time around Ekofo has not rested on his laurels nor has he lost any confidence.
“I have played so much football since then,” he said. “Now I play at a higher intensity and have put so many more hours into training to improve and be fitter and stronger. My talent has always been there.”
He admits he struggled with the format last time out and added: “In the semis it was difficult to get into the game. Everyone played for themselves and so we did not gel together as a team.”
The ex-Watford youth player, who lives in Labernum Close, showed real belief in his own ability and will seemingly stop at nothing in order to get the pro contract.
“This is another chance and it means a lot,” he said. “I want to play at a professional level. This time I won’t let the chance go by.”
Amateur players of all abilities can enter the competition and last year’s winners, Jack Sherratt and Kayden Jackson, signed for Leyton Orient and Swindon Town respectively, and are hoping to make first-team debuts this season.
Registration for the 2013-14 competition closes on Monday, September 16. Entrants must be 17 years of age by June 30, 2014, and to sign up, go to www.facebook.com/samsungfootball.