Crystal Palace trial Wakefield FC's Marc Roberts

NEIL Warnocks' Championship outfit Crystal Palace have taken Wakefield FC youngster Marc Roberts on trial.

The 18-year-old defender, who has featured 17 times for the club so far this season, has had a big impact on the Unibond Division 1 North side since coming into the first team squad at the start of the season.

And Bears boss Ronnie Glavin has recommended the youngster for a trial at the Selhurst Park club, something boss Neil Warnock, former manager of Sheffield United, was only too pleased to accept.

Wakefield have a strong link with Palace after the Championship side took former Bears striker Tom Denton on trial earlier this season.

They were keen to snap the young striker up before he decided on a move to boyhood club Huddersfield Town, which saw the Bears set to pocket near 100,000 from the deal.

Roberts, and the club, will be hoping a deal can be struck again as Wakefield and Glavin continue their reputation for producing promising young talent from around the area.

And the club's youngsters will be looking to progress to the Second Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup this Wednesday when they travel to their counterparts from League Two side Accrington Stanley.

A home tie with either Hartlepool United or Carlisle United awaits for the winnenr.

For more on this story and all the latest football news from around the district, see Friday's Wakefield Express Sport.