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GARETH MAHER - Monday, January 25, 2010
Ryan Guy has put his match-making skills into practice after helping set up a trial for fellow Americans Adam Afghani and John Matkin in Ireland with St. Patrick's Athletic.

Guy knows both players from when he was growing up in California and has no problem in doing his former team-mates a favor by suggesting to St. Pat's head coach Pete Mahon that they were worth taking a look at.

The duo are currently involved in pre-season training with the Dublin club, although they will have to wait until next month before they will have a chance to impress in a game as the first scheduled match is a friendly against Limerick on February 13th.

Afghani, who has been plying his trade in Germany with FC Schatthausen, will feel that he can compete for the vacant position of back-up keeper and perhaps follow the example of Lance Frieze, formerly of LA Galaxy, who won a short-term contract with the club back in 2008 following a trial.

Matkin, described by Guy as an energetic midfielder, will also be eager to stand out after discovering that work permit issues meant he could not join a club in England, so making his name in the League of Ireland might be the next best thing.

"Adam and John are both training with us at the moment and they have been doing well. It is still early in pre-season, but they are coping well with it all," Guy told YA.

"John played on the same youth teams as me, so I know him from back then. Adam was in my school and even though he wasn't in my year we did play a few games for the same team.

"They are both good guys who are hoping to prove themselves outside of the US. I was more than happy to help them out. Hopefully something will work out for them.

"We are training right now, but I wouldn't say they will find out about getting a contract or not until Pete [Mahon] gets to see them in a game."

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