Four talented young footballers from Hucknall are flying high as Magpies of the future at Notts County.
The quartet were spotted by County scouts while playing friendly matches at under-nine level for Hucknall Sports or Rolls-Royce Leisure in the Young Elizabethan League.
Now they have re-signed for the Meadow Lane club’s academy after a successful debut season in which they travelled the length and breadth of the country, helping their side to an unbeaten run of more than 20 matches.
The boys, who are all nine years old, are defensive midfielder Kia Melia, left-back Josh Wass, winger/full-back Harry Eastwood and striker Jack Goodman.
Melia showed his class in his debut campaign for the young Magpies, putting in some composed performances at the heart of the defence but also showing attacking flair when called upon.
Wass, who is the son of Hucknall Rolls Leisure joint manager Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass, is a mini-Stuart Pearce -- a tough tackler who loves to charge down the left flank.
Eastwood, who produced some excellent performances in his first year, gives 100% in training as well as matches.
And last but not least, Goodman is a prolific scorer who plundered more than 70 goals last term, including hat-tricks in matches against the under-nine outfits of top clubs such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton. Not only does he have an eye for goal, his unselfish play outside the box also creates chances for others.
The progress of all four lads is being overseen by Hucknall coach Phil Barnes, who is the junior development manager at Notts County.
Now Barnes is on the lookout for more local talent at under-eight trials being held throughout the summer.
He said: “The sessions are taking place at the Southglade Leisure Centre in Bestwood every Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm.
“We are searching for players for the club’s under-nine side for the 2015/16 season. The sessions are based on technical ability, and this is a fantastic opportunity for young players to show their talents.
“The Dispatch district is a great catchment area for junior football.”