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Young Stone footballer joins the Britannia ranks

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Dave McLean

Young Stone footballer joins the Britannia ranks

Adam Jasper

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THE VILLAGE of Yarnfield could well have unearthed a football star of the future after Adam Jasper signed for Stoke City’s Academy.

Adam (left) who goes to Springfields First School started playing football for Little Dots from the age of six and his talent was soon recognised, his coaches promoting him to play with the under-9s.

Here he excelled and progressed even further and proved unstoppable as a striker even at the age of seven.

The group formed a team and Adam, now eight, who proud dad Darren got him into the sport, started playing for Stone Dominoes Blacks under-8s, scoring goals galore and attracting scouts from several league clubs, such as Everton, Manchester United and Crewe.

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However, he went to the Stanley Matthews Academy for 12 weeks during which time Stoke academy coaches watched him.

“They were very pleased what they saw in Adam, offered him a six week trial in October and each week he improved,” said proud mum Kayleigh.

“His talent grew and the coaches were pleased with him so that in February he was offered the chance to become part of next season’s under 9's Stoke City team.”

The youngster signed last week on a day when he met the first team squad and boss Mark Hughes.

Adam and his new team mates also had a tour of the Britannia Stadium with their families.

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