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Young Coaters Starlet Signs Pro Terms

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AFC Fylde have announced that young midfielder Serhat Tasdemir has signed his first professional contract with the Vanarama National League club.

The 17-year old has penned a two-year deal with the Coasters with the option of a third year.

Tasdemir burst onto the scene last season, netting a sensational hat-trick on his debut as a 16-year-old in the 6-2 Lancashire Cup victory over AFC Darwen.

A product of the Blackburn Rovers academy, Tasdemir further enhanced his rapidly-growing reputation with his first league goal for Fylde in the 2-2 draw against Bromley at the weekend.

The youngster made his league bow on the final day of last season against Worcester City as the Coasters lifted the National League North title and was rewarded with a squad number by manager Dave Challinor over the summer.

Challinor believes there is plenty to come from his young star: “Serhat has a very bright future ahead of him. He is still only very young and he must take on board what we tell him but if he does that and keeps working hard then he has got a great chance.

“It was great to see him get his goal at the weekend. He really helped to change the game. He has been training well and is already an integral part of the squad”.

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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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