YOUNG Castlederg footballer Andrew Scott always dreamt of being a full-time footballer and having already tasted first team action at Accrington Stanley the gifted teenager is even more determined to succeed in the professional ranks.
The 18-year-old former Maiden City player came on as a late substitute and had a hand in the fourth goal of a 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Macclesfield Town last week.
Since joining last season’s League Two champions Scott has had the time of his life. The former Dergview Juniors youth player trains with the first team each and every day and a matter of months into his two-year contract he feels that he has already made rapid progress both in terms of his fitness and development.
Making his debut though has been the high point since joining Stanley back in July.
“It was amazing, unreal,” said the former Drumragh Integrated student.
“I have been here a while now and haven’t had much game-time. It was great to get the opportunity and show everyone what I could do.”
Scott, pictured right, a Northern Ireland youth international since the age on 16, went to Accrington for a week’s trial in the summer.
The skilful attacker trained with Stanley on the Monday, played a game against Stockport on Tuesday, trained again on Thursday and Friday and just before playing Blackburn in a friendly on the Saturday, first team manager John Coleman told Scott he had been impressed by how he had done and confirmed he was offering the North Tyrone lad a contract there and then.
“Hearing that was a dream come true, it’s always been my boyhood dream to play professional football. It was amazing,” continued the former Tyrone Milk Cup player..
“That was just before the game and I had butterflies in the stomach after that.”
Andrew, of course, is well aware that securing the second contract is always the most difficult challenge for any young footballer.
That said he is more than happy with his progress thus far and believes he is learning every day by training with the best players at the club.
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