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Youth Watch: Goalkeeping Prospect Joins Marine F.C.

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Academy product Shamal George will spend the rest of the season at crosstown football club, Marine F.C.

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The European has shut and the bulk of Liverpool’s business has already been reported around here. The Reds will bid adieu to Ryan Kent, who is headed to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on a permanent deal. Also departing is Bobby Duncan, who is headed for Italy and, hopefully, sunnier fortunes to attend those sunnier climes.

The last bit of business to report on, then, is a much smaller and less flashier piece: goalkeeping prospect Shamal George will be joining non-league side Marine F.C. for the rest of the season. George is a 21-year old goalkeeping product in the Academy and has been with the Reds since he was 11 years old. He’s obviously got quite a bit of competition with both Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara seemingly ahead of him on the depth chart. A. move away, then, makes loads of sense for George.

Interestingly, George won’t have to travel far as Marine F.C. are a team that are also on Merseyside. The club plays in the second division of the Northern Premier League. And while it may be a bit fun to try and craft a good old “gunney” or Semper Fi pun - or, in my case, excruciatingly painful given that I’ve been trying for nearly 15 minutes and have not come up with anything remotely reaching comedy - the club does not owe its name to anything other than a hotel relatively close to its grounds.

All that said, here’s hoping that George might be able to find some good experience that he can use to grow his skills. Wishing him and Marine F.C. the best during the rest of this season.