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Dolly Blues Sign Ex-Manchester United Coach`s Son

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Unbeaten Evo-Stik League Premier club Lancaster City have taken young Dutch midfielder Melle Meulensteen on a month`s loan from SkyBet Championship neighbours Preston North End.

Having captained Preston`s under-18 side for over a year beforehand, Meulensteen was rewarded with a professional contract in April 2017.

The midfielder, capable of playing in both a deeper or more advanced position in the centre, joined Preston in 2014, embarking on his scholarship a year later after previously featuring for Manchester United’s youth set-up.

The Dutchman, who hails from the city of Nijmegen, is something of a specialist from set-pieces. He made a habit of setting up his team-mates from free-kicks last season, as well as proving an incredibly reliable force from the penalty spot – netting nine out of nine in all competitions, two of which came in the FA Youth Cup.

Mell, who is the son of former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, who has also managed Fulham and more recently Maccabi Haifa, has has frequently trained with the Preston first-team over the last year.

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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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