PROMISING youngster Callum Madigan says he has no plans to leave Uxbridge despite attracting strong interest from Brentford.
The central midfielder has been wowing the crowds at Honeycroft this term after breaking into Tony Choules’ first-team plans.
Madigan’s performances earned him a day on trial with the League One Bees but he insists he will spend the foreseeable future at the Southern League outfit.
“They [Brentford] want me to go back on another day’s trial, but to be honest I’m happy here at the moment,” he said.
“I just want to learn the game better and keep playing my football because I love it here.”
Madigan is also a fixture for the Middlesex County U18 representative team after impressing for Uxbridge’s reserve and youth teams, and acknowledged he would continue to court interest from teams higher up the ladder with good performances.
“If clubs come and watch me and they take interest then I guess it depends on how well I play, but when that time comes then we’ll see – for now I’m loving it at Uxbridge.” he added.
Uxbridge boss Tony Choules has increasingly relied on his youth players this season to cover or long-term injuries in the first team.
He has admitted he expects to lose a few of his prize assets to larger teams, but warned it would take a lot to tempt his young charges away.
“I’ve got no doubts that there will be a few football clubs looking at them and will offer the pound sign to them but I think it would have to be a guaranteed first team spot and quite lot of money,” Choules said.
“I believe that Uxbridge Football Club do the right thing. We’re managed properly, coached properly and the football club do everything else properly. I think we do things that well here that my players are happy here.”
For now, Madigan says his immediate aim is to win a spot in Choules’ weekly starting 11 next season.
“Hopefully I can get a regular first-team starting spot but there’s a lot of good players here. We’ll just have to wait and see but I’m working hard,” explained the youngster.
“We’ve got a lot of young boys out there as well and next season is looking promising. Hopefully we can maybe even get into the playoffs.”
Madigan was an unused substitute on Saturday as Uxbridge ran out 5-1 winners against struggling Leighton in their last home fixture of the season.
The Reds were given an early scare when Tremayne Charles gave the visitors the lead at Honeycroft.
However, Uxbridge hit back with doubles from Rob Fitzgerald and Michael Murray, as well as a late strike from substitute Craig Tomkins.
Choules’ side, who reached the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup final last week, were last night (Tuesday) due to travel to Barton Rovers before taking on Northwood in their final league game on Saturday.
Meanwhile the reserves lost 3-1 at Hastings United.