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Young Gladiator Gets Leicester Chance

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Evo-Stik League Premier club Matlock Town’s youngest-ever-first-teamer, Zak Brunt, could be on for a high-profile move after attracting the attention of former Premier League champions Leicester City.

Shortly after the move of Max Hunt to Derby County, Brunt could be following in the centre-backs footsteps to a professional club.

The 16-year-old academy under-16 captain has only been with the Gladiators for four months, but in that short time he has caught the eye of Leicester City and has a trial with the Foxes commencing 8th February.

Matlock Town’s development manager, Justin Tellus was delighted for Brunt and praised the footballing ability which he possesses.

Tellus told the club`s official website: “Zak is a special talent and has been superb within our academy system this season.

“He is an exceptional talent on the ball and we have worked closely with him on his off the ball game, which has improved significantly.

“I don’t doubt that Zac will go on to have a good career in football, and there will always be interest from various professional clubs surrounding such a talented young player.

“I and everyone at the club wishes Zak all the best during his trial with the Foxes.”

Tellus went on to talk about the development sector at Matlock which Brunt has been a part of: “Leicester City’s approach shows the levels of interest surrounding our young players within our development sector and gives all the lads the inspiration to work hard to achieve their goals.

“We will continue to nurture and support our young talent and to help them achieve success in the game”.

Brunt recently featured on a BT Sport film about young footballers being rejected by professional clubs at an early age.

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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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