Saints look at non-league duo

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SOUTHAMPTON will look at non-league youngsters Lee Bright and Robbie Matthews after the duo were recommended by former Saint, David Hughes.

Hughes (pictured) is currently assistant manager of Wessex League leaders Eastleigh, and recommended the talented pair to Saints boss Gordon Strachan.

They will both now go straight into the reserve squad who play Derby County's second string on Tuesday as they are given their chance to shine.

The 21-year-old defender Bright and 20-year-old striker Matthews will be hoping that they can instantly impress enough to get a longer trial with the club.

Hughes has been impressed with his duo, and hopes that they can do themselves proud with The Saints, and that could lead to a further trial in the New Year.

"Bright is a tall left-footed centre half who is very cultured on the ball and quick. He is a good player," said Hughes.

"Matthews is a tall rangy centre forward who is very fast and quite deceptive. When he gets going I have not seen anyone to match him at our level.

"He has scored a lot of goals and played extremely well.

"I just hope they do themselves justice and it will be very interesting for me to see how they perform.

"If they find they are out of their depth it just means that on current form they are not good enough for the seventh best team in the country.

"It is good that they are going straight into a game because it can be quite over-awing for young lads to go and train with household names that they see on the television each week.

"There is a chance of them training with Saints in the New Year but we won't really know whether they are good enough until we see them in better company.

"I would always recommend anyone with half a chance but I have not pushed them on the club."

Meanwhile, Saints keeper Neil Moss has returned to St Mary's after a three-month loan along the South Coast at Bournemouth.