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Roberts Extends Skem Stay Until Season`s End

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Skelmersdale United have announced that goalkeeper Callum Roberts’ stay at the Evo-Stik League North club has been extended until the end of the season.

The youngster initially joined on loan in October from SkyBet Championship side Preston North End, who have agreed to allow him to extend his stay.

Roberts came to the club having gained experience in the first-team set-up at Preston, gaining experience ahead of signing a professional contract back in April

He spent six years of his youth career with Sunderland before moving in 2014.

He helped the Lillywhites reach the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals last season in a run which included two saves in a shoot-out against Everton.

He was a huge factor in Skem`s recent six-game unbeaten run and although the team have since suffered a trio of defeats, Roberts has continued to make some very important saves in those games and kept the team in the hunt to stage a potential comeback.

Roberts told the club`s press officer Simon Driscoll: “It’s been great to experience men’s football and get on the ladder of first-team football. I’m happy to extend it and further my experience at this level to help the club and me to take that next step.”

United manager Dave Powell expressed his thoughts at Roberts’ extension: “I am delighted to have Callum remaining with us until the end of the season. He has performed great for us since coming in and excelled during our recent unbeaten run. He has fitted in well with the squad and I am looking forward to his continued commitment with the club”.

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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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