When it comes to dedication, 16-year-old Will Morrisey is up there with the best of them.
Will has a 6.30am start to travel to Farsley to be part of our Emerging Talent Squad.
He is about to start his sports coaching development coach at Farsley Sports Hub and is fully committed to the cause. he starts off with 9am training sessions before moving onto the education side at 11.30am.
“The tech they use here is really professional,” he adds. “They monitor you using the latest equipment so it can tell you how many passes you made, how many headers you won and lost, how much ground you covered – everything really. It can pick up stuff you can miss with the eye and it’s good to get that played back to you and to see the data.
“I’m really pleased to be at a club which takes developing its players seriously.”
Director of football Pav Singh said: “Will is rapidly becoming a real leader and his determination getting into the scholarship programme and training with the first team is a real testament to his desire. It shows real dedication to travel the distances he does.”
Will won’t soon forget making his Farsley Celtic first team debut last month.
The central midfielder was a second half substitute in Farsley Celtic’s 3-0 FA Cup replay defeat in front of more than 1,300 fans at the Flamingo Land Stadium. Will made a promising debut, which was even more noteworthy as he also played out of position at right wing back.
He was joined off the bench by fellow Emerging Talent Squad player Tom Priestley-Standing in a game which saw 16-year-old Ebenezer Ameho start up front for the first time, alongside 17-year-old Joao Silva.
“I was nervous until I made my first pass, and then I settled down,” Will confessed. “I was excited to be around the first team squad and was happy to get the experience of being in the squad – coming on was amazing.
“My aim is too get into the Farsley Celtic first team over the next few years and see where it takes me – and I want to go as far as I can and want to get another taste of the first team soon.”
The Farsley Celtic Emerging Talent Squad coaching team all hold UEFA A or B license qualifications, and have a vast amount of experience in the professional and semi-pro game – as well as in professional academy environments.
He will hope to be in FA Youth Cup action when The Celts entertain Wythenshawe at The Citadel on Wednesday 18 October, 8pm.
More information on Farsley Celtic’s Emerging Talent Squad can be found here.