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Local Boy Handed Boro Chance

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Local lad Luke Shorthouse has signed for Vanarama National League North club Nuneaton Town.

Shorthouse, who scored 44 goals in fifty-one games at Midland League neighbours Nuneaton Griff last season, has been training with the club during the summer and featured in both of the pre-season friendly games at Liberty Way this week.

The 21-year-old striker said: “I can’t believe I’ve progressed so quickly as I only started playing Saturday football again two years ago.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’m going to give it my best shot.”

Shorthouse scored on his pre-season debut in the game against Coventry City, which delighted Boro manager Kevin Wilson, who said: “It was a lovely finish from Luke and I’m pleased for him.

“After being sent a letter by a fan, I went to watch him three times, and we have had him in for a week to see how he is in training.

“He has given up a job on a better wage than we can offer him because he wants to play for the football club and get the chance to prove himself. You have to give him a lot of credit for making such a decision.

“He has a great eye for a goal and likes to play mostly in the 18-yard box. His head does not drop when a chance goes begging – he works hard and is always looking to score, which is what impressed me when I went to watch him playing for Griff last season”.

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