Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Mudd now scouting talent for Brentford

One of Northern Ireland's most well travelled footballers is now hoping to send future generations of players on the path to stardom.

Lee Mudd started his career with Stockport County and had a stay with French giants Lyon before heading to New Zealand – a move which has lead to him taking on a new role off the pitch.

Mudd, who is still playing with Ards Rangers in the Amateur League, has recently been appointed by League One club Brentford to scout in Northern Ireland.

"I was in New Zealand with Hawke's Bay United and played alongside Johnathan Gould, who'd been at Celtic," said Mudd.

"His dad Bobby came out to coach the team and I got to know him very well.

"It was through him that the opportunity with Brentford came about and it's something I'm pretty excited about."

While young footballers dream of playing for the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, Mudd – who also played in the Irish League with Crusaders – believes that clubs like Brentford can offer great opportunities too.

"Stuart Dallas moved from Crusaders to Brentford last year and they are very happy with him, so they know that there is a market over here, which is why I have been brought in," said Mudd.

"Given where I have played I believe I have a good idea of what is needed to play at that level.

"Brentford may not be that big a name to some people, but it's a club where players will get opportunities.

"They are in League One with a lot of big clubs, like Wolves, Preston, Sheffield United and they are in the same youth league as Swansea City and Crystal Palace, who are in the Premier League.

"There are always scouts at those games, so there is chance to get spotted by clubs higher up the ladder.

"Anyone who plays in England is in with a great chance of getting into the Northern Ireland squads at whatever age group and there is the attraction of living in London, with all that brings."

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