Walsall manager Dean Smith has confirmed that three triallists will all play some part in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Greenock Morton. Former Lincoln City and Colchester United defender Lee Beevers is one of the trio, and he is joined by former Everton and Plymouth Argyle midfielder Anton Perterlin as well as Hungarian goalkeeper David Grof, once of Hibernian.
Beevers has been without a club since being released by the U’s at the end of last season. He is described as either a defender or midfielder, although the former is predominently where he has made his name. Beevers is also a former Welsh U-21 International, after performances for Boston United early in his career caught the eye of scouts. He moved on to Colchester United, but his time was blighted by injury. He only made 23 appearances in 2 years, and despite impressing in a holding midfield role, was released on the 10th May 2011. It is likely that given our strength in defence as compared to the rest of the first team squad, Beevers will be trialled in a midfield role alongside new capture Adam Chambers.
Anton Peterlin is another midfield player, who is an American national. He began his career in the States, impressing for San Francisco Seals, and was recommended to Everton, who signed him on a one year contract. Peterlin had turned down an offer from Chicago Fire to move to England, so must have been disappointed to have been released without making a single Premier League start for the Toffees. Plymouth Argyle then signed Peterlin on a one-year deal, however he only played 12 times for the club before being released.
David Grof is a Hungarian goalkeeper who began his career at Hibernian, north of the border. He moved to England in a quest to find first team football after being hailed as a prospect, and was taken on by Notts County at the end of the 2009/10 season. However he failed to make any appearances for the Magpies, but earned notoriety after moving on loan to Mansfield Town. His 13 game spell between the sticks was hailed as heroic as Mansfield went all the way to the FA Trophy final, and despite the Stags eventually losing to Darlington, he was proclaimed a hero amongst fans. He is however no stranger to controversy, and has been banned twice from driving for being over the limit. He has a good family pedigree – his father Attilla Grof is a former Hungarian national goalkeeper.
All three will trying to impress Dean Smith into giving them a contract against both Morton and Gretna this week, and we look forward to reading reports on how the team have fared in their return to action tonight.