Burgess impresses at non-League Droylsden
Aaron Burgess is continuing his goal to make the grade in England after ending the season at semi-professional side Droylsden of the Evo-Stik Premier Division West.
Burgess, who had a stint at Huddersfield Town in 2016 before deciding to complete his education at Buckswood Academy in Hastings, played the last four games of the campaign with Droylsden.
The Greater Manchester side managed just one win in their last six games, a 4-1 victory away to Kendal Town, and finished fourteenth in the table.
Droylsden finished fourteenth with 12 wins and seven draws from their 38 games. Burgess, who just turned 20, is set to return to the team next season.
“The standard up and down the leagues is a similar level, not much passing, a lot of long balls and you have to be physical,” said the winger, formerly of Hamilton Parish.
“In my first game, I wasn’t expecting it to be so fast and physical; I had to step my game up. In these leagues there are lots of released academy players, former professionals and academy players on loan; it’s a decent level.”
Burgess is represented by agent David Williamson, of Aspire Sports International, who are hoping to find him a professional club.
“[Aaron] will be returning to Droylsden for pre-season and they are very interested in signing him for next season,” Williamson confirmed.
“He had a strong finish to the season, with three assists in four games and was heavily involved in open play.
“He found the semi-professional leagues quite tough early on because of a few small injuries, but he has worked really hard on his strength and conditioning and has become a lot more mature and robust. I actually think he will be suited to a higher level with better pitches so he can utilise his dribbling and speed. We will be speaking with a few league clubs in the close season and will be sending some scouts to have a look at him early next season. We’re quite optimistic about Aaron going forward.”
Phillip Burgess, father of Aaron, visited Droylsden to watch his son play and took the opportunity to watch his team Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last month. City won 1-0.
“[Shaun] Goater got us some tickets and that was a blast,” Phillip Burgess said. “We sat among the City fans and I had to cheer for City. I couldn’t cheer for Tottenham, I even left my Tottenham jersey home.”
He added: “Droylsden is a stepping stone, a small club, but a nice set-up for players trying to get into League One or League Two.”