Matlock Town FC are pleased to announce that seventeen year old winger Lewis Brown and sixteen year old defender Piper Macneil have signed first team forms with the club.

Lewis started his football at the age of 11 with the Pro Soccer Pumas in the Sheffield Junior League where he soon became the top goal scorer for the side. He was then scouted by Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United and signed for Brunsmeer FC where he played for 2 years gaining promotion to the top division in Sheffield. He transferred to Norton Lees FC then onto Handsworth FC and also having trials with Rotherham United. Lewis completed a 1st year scholarship at Chesterfield FC and was offered a second term but opted to sign for Matlock Town with the opportunity to progress through the Club development pathway. Lewis is a regular in the Reserve Team Squad and made an immediate Impact at Causeway lane scoring a hat-trick on his home debut for the Gladiators Academy.

Piper started playing football at 6 years of age and has consistently played at the top level of Junior football for 10 years with the Young Owls, Handsworth Boys and Greenhill FC. He has played for Sheffield Wednesday and had recent trials with Chesterfield FC and Rotherham United. Piper is a natural leader showing a strong presence on the field of play either playing at centre half or in a defensive midfield role. He is currently captaining the Academy side and progressing well in the Reserves squad.

Manager Mark Hume said “I’m really pleased that both lads have done well and progressed at the Academy and I’m looking for them to be involved with the first team in the future.”

MTFC Academy first team coach Jamie Yates said “This shows to our academy players and future students there is a goal to be achieved here at MTFC. Both players have impressed of late and deserve their chance, from my experience they now have to work even harder than what they have to impress Mark Hume and progress as footballers.”

Both players will start engaging in the development process with the first team and it’s great to see these two young gentleman make the step up.

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