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Sheffield Wednesday Chance For Gladiators Keeper

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Evo-Stik League Premier club Matlock Town`s young goalkeeper Jordan Pierrepont is set to go on trial with SkyBet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday as development products continue to impress.

Pierrepont has been impressing within the Gladiators’ ranks over the course of the current and previous season, which has culminated in the interest from the Championship side.

The ‘keeper is due to join up with the Wednesday academy squad over the course of this week and Town’s development manager and academy director Justin Tellus was not surprised at the interest in Pierrepont.

“Jordan, technically and physically, has all the attributes to make it in the professional game,” he told the club`s official website. “He has always been a special talent from when we picked him up as a schoolboy.

“I’ve seen a huge improvement in his Performances over the last year and that makes this news no surprise at all.”

In a rotational ‘keeping role with fellow academy stopper Alfie Smith-Eccles, the pair have proved a safe pair of hands and played a vital role in guiding the reserves to a fifth-place spot in the league.

Pierrepont’s trial with Wednesday comes after Zak Brunt’s recent trial with Leicester City and also Max Hunt’s transfer to Derby County, three examples of the great work being done in Town’s ranks.

Tellus explained: “I keep telling our players and coaching staff to continue to work hard and we will achieve, as the level of interest from top sides across the country and abroad increases on a constant basis around our development system at Matlock.

“We’re producing players ready for football league progression and I really hope he follows in the steps of Max Hunt to continue his career at a professional level.”

The aforementioned Hunt, has recently been impressing within the ranks at the Rams and featured for their under-23s last Friday.

The young Rams suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad bolstered with an array of talent.

Hunt however continues to provide a shining example of the Gladiators’ youth set-up and with the recent interest in Town’s players more look certain to be following in his footsteps.

Ian Richardson


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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