A YOUNG North Tyneside footballer has secured a scholarship with a Championship club.
Sam Guthrie has netted himself a two-year deal with Huddersfield Town after developing his skills at Gateshead College’s Academy of Sport.
The 16-year-old was working with the college for a full pre-season as a goalkeeper with the coach Anthony Forrester.
Guthrie completed a full six-week course honing his skills, strength and condition before signing up to a football studies apprenticeship.
The teenager was then offered a trial at Huddersfield where he impressed and was offered a scholarship.
The keeper, from Whitley Bay, said: “Winning this scholarship is a dream come true for me and I’m really excited to get started.
“Training with Anthony at Gateshead College really helped me to perfect my technique and has given me new skills which I have been able to bring to Huddersfield with me.”
Huddersfield Town goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan said: “We were on the lookout for a first year scholar and he was recommended to me by Birmingham City, who had seen Sam on trial previously.
“Since Sam has come into the building he’s shown a real appetite to improve.
“He came in and showed enough for the club to give him the opportunity to ply his trade here.
“The rest is up to him. He’s a great lad, he wants to learn and improve and become a professional goalkeeper.
“He’s getting used to full-time training and steadily improving, so hopefully we will get two years of decent work under our belts.”
Gateshead College’s men’s football coach, Paul Bryson, said: “Our academy provides young talent with a chance to develop their game and pursue a career in football.
“Sam has proven himself to be an extremely talented footballer and I’m sure that all his training with Anthony will be put to great use at Huddersfield.
“He has every chance of becoming a professional footballer if he keeps up the work ethic and mentality he showed while he was training at Gateshead College.”