COLWYN Bay FC midfielder Lassana Mendes is set for a tilt at the professional ranks after impressing during an initial trial for a football league club.

The talented midfielder has been invited to Crewe Alexandra’s pre-season training camp after impressing coaching staff at the Sky Bet League Two club.

Mendes has been at the top of his game for the Seagulls this season to further enhance his growing reputation, providing a powerful presence in the middle of the park that has brought with it a series of superb displays in a Bay shirt.

The Pioneer understands that Mendes is the subject of a number of offers from different clubs across the English leagues, with the player developing his games considerably under manager Craig Hogg and director of football Neil Coverley over the last year.

Coverley, said: “Lass Mendes deservingly got some recognition for his improvement over the past 12 months with a two week trial at Crewe Alexandra.

“Myself and Craig are well connected within the north west and scouts, clubs and agents are in frequent contact. We don’t go lording our players and we don’t tell lies.

“We give them good honest advice and through hard work and particularly thought out sessions through Hoggy we improve players understanding and decision making. We can’t improve technique or the physical attributes at this stage of their lives but we definitely improve them in other areas.

“I personally speak with my contacts at Crewe at least once a week and talk about players we’ve come up against and our own that keep cropping up in scouts conversations. Lass was among a few of our players that regularly got spoken of and once he had gained the high standard of consistency we strived to get him to perform to we knew it was time to send him in.

“He’s done very well and is very well liked. They’ve yet to decide on the playing budget for their next assault on league two but Lass is a part of the pre-season plans which is a huge testament to how his trial period has gone. They’ll have a closer look at him in some games and make judgment from that. Physically and technically he has coped fine it’s a case of finding space for him now.

“He has a tremendous attitude and an infectious personality and between myself and Craig we will do all we can to get him firstly to stay but most importantly for his own development as high up in the game as possible.”

Mendes’ contribution throughout the club’s final Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One West before a return to the Welsh football pyramid was rewarded with the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year accolades at their end of season ceremony following their final game against Leek Town.

He arrived at the Four Crosses Construction Arena in 2017 from Stalybridge Celtic, and has also represented Radcliffe Borough during his brief time on English soil.

The Spaniard also turned out for Cadiz FC and PV Ejido from Andalusia in the Segunda Division B