Talented Ingol footballer Rhys Turner has been snapped up Oldham Athletic.
The 18-year-old striker has signed for the Latics on an 18-month deal after impressing this season for Stockport County in the Conference North.
He becomes the latest Myerscough College student to be signed by a Football League club – following in the footsteps of a host former students such as Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon and Norwich City’s Anthony Pilkington, who have come through the college’s system and are now plying their trade in professional football.
On the books of Preston as a youngster, Turner was released by North End as a 16-year-old and enrolled at Myerscough, where he achieved a level three BTEC in football studies before going on to study a foundation degree in football coaching.
At the same time, he also joined Lancaster City in the Northern Premier League First Division North.
His eye for goal soon attracted the attentions of clubs in higher leagues and it was Stockport manager Alan Lord who took a chance on the youngster and took him to Edgeley Park.
The director of football at Myerscough Phil Brown said: “Rhys is a superb striker with the potential to surpass any of the students we have provided to clubs in the past. He has great pace, is a fantastic finisher and is deceptively strong.
‘’The move Rhys has made shows what can be achieved if students are prepared to work hard and learn.
“We have lots of exciting prospects within our current crop of students who should aspire to reach these heights and we eagerly await the next one to come through the ranks.’
“We pride ourselves in offering all of our football students every opportunity to develop and the success of Rhys is a great example of that.”
Turner, who scored 63 goals last season and played five times for England Schoolboys, said: ‘’I’ve been working with Phil and Alan for three years and they have been a big influence on me.
“I prefer playing down the middle but it doesn’t really matter as long as I’m in the attacking third and in the side.
‘’I’d like to thank everyone at Stockport County for everything this season – it’s been great fun playing and I wish them all the best for the future.’’