Blyth Spartans forward Callum Roberts was set to head to Rotherham United for a trial this week, but his trial has been shelved for now due to illness.

A report from the Yorkshire Post has explained that Rotherham United have shelved plans to hand a trial to Blyth Spartans attacker Callum Roberts with Spartans boss Lee Clark revealing that he has been suffering from illness.

After his release from Newcastle United in the summer, Roberts made a move to Blyth Spartans – with many fans of both Newcastle and Blyth expressing their surprise at the news. And, he has made an electric start to life with the club, scoring seven goals in eight games – including two hat-tricks.

His goalscoring exploits have caught the eye of League One side Rotherham United, and they had planned to bring him in on trial. However, the trial has been delayed and Spartans boss Lee Clark has explained that he has been suffering from illness, saying:

“I’m aware of the interest from Rotherham. But, he will be involved for us at the weekend if he recovers from illness.”

Roberts was linked with a move to Greece earlier this summer with Panathinaikos before he joined Blyth Spartans, but a move to the Greek Super League outfit failed to materialise.

The 22-year-old played in two Under-23s games for Middlesbrough, starting in games against Aston Villa and Stoke City.

Roberts played 87 times for Newcastle’s Under-23s side and scored an impressive 34 goals from out wide, also providing 24 assists in the process. He has spent time on loan with the likes of Gateshead, Kilmarnock and Colchester United over the course of his career so far and having enjoyed a thoroughly successful start to life in non-league, Roberts could return to the Football League soon, with Rotherham United keen.