Stanley Hewitt has become the latest Bridlington youngster to be snapped up by Hull City’s Academy.
The eight-year-old, who played for Burlington Jackdaws, has impressed coaches at the Championship club and will now train four times a week in Hull.
He is facing the prospect of playing against youngsters from some of the country’s top clubs, with a friendly against Stoke City lined up for next week, and the second game of the season against Manchester City.
Dad Vaughan said:“It’s great what they do with them. The club is not just interested in his football, they want to know how he is getting on at school.”
His starring performances for Jackdaws, which included scoring nine goals in a 10-0 win last season, first flagged up his abilities to City.
And he then worked with the Tigers Trust coaches, who developed him further. Not bad considering his early tentative steps.
“As a four-year-old he begged me to take him to football training but then he wouldn’t leave my side,” said Vaughan.
“So we left it six months and then he started asking again. I took him again, he ran off with the others and that was it.
“From five, he was going to Bridlington Soccer Schools with Chris Kirkham.
The midfielder, who is a Manchester United fan, trains on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Vaughan said: “It’s a big commitment, but while he is keen to learn, I am happy to take him.
“We are keeping his feet on the ground, but he is enjoying it and it has really brought him on and he has matured quite a bit so it is not just about his football development.
“He understands that there are lots of careers in football, such as a physio and a coach and that there is a long, long road to travel.
“But he has taken his first steps and he is on the ladder.”