Former Wolves defender Aaron Hayden has secured a trial with League Two side Carlisle United, as reported by the News and Star.
The 22-year-old was released by the Premier League side at the end of last season, without having made a senior appearance for them. He’s had plenty of experience out on loan, with Telford, Bromley, Hemel Hempstead and Stourbridge amongst his former clubs.
He’s had three spells with the latter, making 26 appearances for them last season in the Southern Premier Division, step seven of the pyramid. His only EFL experience came in 2015 with a five-game loan spell at Newport County.
Hayden can operate in the middle of the back four, or as a right back and that versatility has led him to the Cumbrians on trial.
“That’s why we’ve brought him in, to look at him in both positions,” confirmed Pressley.
“He’s a really good character, he’s gelled into the group very well, and he’s a vocal lad which I like. We’ll certainly be looking at him over the coming weeks.”
Carlisle gave Hayden 45 minutes of their recent friendly against Fleetwood and look likely to run a further eye over him tomorrow night as they face Tranmere Rovers.
Hayden’s previous experience has been more or less confined to the non-league scene, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a shrewd capture.
He’s been playing senior football for a few seasons now, albeit at a low level, but it demonstrates his physical attributes perfectly. He’s going to have come up against some uncompromising forwards during his time on loan which will certainly have toughened him up.
Couple that with his upbringing at Wolves and he could be a good addition to the Carlisle squad. There is always an option to bring him in and loan him back out if they think he could be an asset further down the line.