One of the most interesting sagas of the summer has been the identity of ‘Trialist A’, the midfielder/attacker that the Imps have played in at least three of the pre-season friendlies.
For once, Twitter was stumped. After the Salford game, nobody knew who he was, although there were some guesses (wild ones at that). After the Scunthorpe cameo, he got a bit of a mention, but an impressive outing yesterday in our game against Oldham got people scouring the internet again.
It would seem (hopefully, otherwise I could be made to look a fool) that our trialist is Ramirez ‘Remy’ Howarth, a former Blackburn Rovers youngster. Kudos to Ryan Rose on Twitter by the way, who finally seems to have helped solve the conundrum.
— Ryan (@Ryan_Rosee) August 30, 2020
It seemed that the trialist was called Remy from yesterdays feed, where players could be heard calling his name 9either that or Brad, Brett or Ben…). However, a search of Transfermarkt for the name Remy threw up no matches. It wouldn’t though, right? After all, that’s not his real name. However, if you compare this picture of the attacker from yesterday’s game with his Twitter account, you’ll soon see we finally have an answer to the pressing question; who is Trialist A.
So, instead of that, who is Ramirez Howarth? He’s 22-years-old and was recently on the books of Cefn Druids, having started out as a youngster at Blackburn Rovers. He went out on loan whilst with Blackburn, appearing for Bamber Bridge and Skelmersdale on loan. He was seemingly released by Blackburn and wound up at Ashton United, making five appearances in the Vanarama National League North, before his move to Wales.
He was classed as an ‘unknown quantity’ when he made the move to Wales, something that changed drastically with a stunning hat trick in 3-3 draw with Carmarthen Town. All three goals came from his left foot, despite him being right-footed, the sort of flexibility we saw when he switched from right to left in recent friendlies. He operated on the left side of midfield for the Welsh outfit, earning a spot in the top six players for that position across the division at the end of the season.
There isn’t a lot of information about him out there, he’s clearly versatile and able to play in a number of positions across the midfield, something that would come in handy for us when games come thick and fast. Personally, I’ve liked him in the friendlies and thought he was one of our better performers yesterday, full of energy and endeavour, Then again, why wouldn’t he be? he’s trying to earn a deal, not looking to just get fit, so you expect him to be the one busting a lung, rather than putting in half a shift for fitness and minutes.
Whether his effort is to be rewarded with a contract is another thing entirely, but whatever happens, I think he’s become my favourite trialist ever, purely for the fun he’s allowed us to have. Just to clarify, it isn’t Ben Reeves, Samir Carruthers, Tyler Pasher, Jiri Skalak, or Bradley Walker. it is, with a 95% degree of certainty, Ramirez ‘Remy’ Howarth, whose highlight video, in which he wears number 17 as he did for us, will see this article come to a close.