MIDFIELDER Harrison Kay has become the latest Chorley FC Education Programme graduate to sign a senior contract with the Magpies.
After joining Chorley FC Youth from grassroots football, Harrison has enjoyed an action-packed few seasons with the Magpies. Pre-season with the first team, playing for the under-18s and under-21s, going out on loan to Squires Gate and making his first team debut against AFC Fylde in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy, right through to playing in the world-renowned Dallas Cup in Texas earlier this month with Steven Gerrard Academy.
This is before we mention appearing more times than any other Chorley player in the National League Alliance (u19) this season; clocking up 19 games and seven goals – including a couple of sumptuous free kicks.
Harrison is a great example of those lads who mature later and slip through the net. He hasn’t played at an academy, just at grassroots level, but the 16 to 18 age range is so important for development. You have to have the determination, ability and the right environment to develop. Harrison is a shining example of all the above
He has been on the radar of a number of league clubs. Manchester City have watched him six times this season and he’s been on trial with Huddersfield Town. He’s trained regularly with our first team, made his first team debut in October and also been on the bench for a couple of games, too.
He’s a great example of getting out what you put in and not giving up on your dreams – Andy Preece
The next open trial for our Education Programme (16 to 19-year-olds) is coming up on Wednesday, May 10 at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium (6pm). Students from years 10 and 11 are eligible to attend, along with those finishing their first year at college but looking for a change ahead of their second year.
For more info and to secure your place email firstname.lastname@example.org.