Jay puts pen to pa­per with Sons

Cam­bus­lang boy makes dream come true

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang teenager has de­scribed sign­ing a pro-youth con­tract with Dum­bar­ton Foot­ball Club as a ‘dream come true’.

Jay Robert­son, 13, will play for the un­der 14 squad af­ter com­plet­ing a sixweek trial at The Sons.

The sec­ond year Cathkin High pupil played for Clyde School of Foot­ball since 2010 and was put for­ward for the SYFA ( Scot­tish Youth Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) re­gional tri­als in Oc­to­ber last year.

Af­ter he was se­lected as part of a group of 20 hope­fuls out of 180 young­sters, Jay played two games for the re­gional side be­fore be­ing spot­ted by Dum­bar­ton scout, Alan McDe­vitt.

The young­ster is hop­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of grand­fa­ther and for­mer Rangers player David Robert­son who was born in 1949.

Jay, a self con­fessed Rangers sup­porter, said: “I’m re­ally pleased. It’s a step up from the boys club and they work us re­ally hard. “It’s a dream come true. “I’ve learned a lot from my grand­dad and he’s re­ally sup­port­ive.

“I would like to say a big thanks to Clyde School of Foot­ball for ev­ery­thing and to my mum and dad.”

Jay played in ev­ery po­si­tion for Clyde apart from the goal­keeper, but has signed with The Sons as a cen­tre back.

Ac­cord­ing to his mum, Emma Jane, Jay is do­ing well at school and has the am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller or a sports phys­io­ther­a­pist if he doesn’t make it at the top level.

Emma said: “He was on a six-week trial with Dum­bar­ton that was ex­tended due to the bad weather but he signed on Fri­day, April 1.

“Jay was seen by Al­lan at some of the games and he con­tacted his coach Ste­vie Mor­ton about tak­ing him on trial at Dum­bar­ton.

“Now that he’s of­fi­cially signed it’s great to see him suc­ceed. We are re­ally proud of him and he is ob­vi­ously de­lighted.

“My fa­ther in law has had a few ama­teur caps for Scot­land and used to play for St Mir­ren too so Jay re­ally looks up to him.

“There has been a few good foot­ball re­lated con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the two.

“It’s ap­proach­ing the end of the sea­son so there is not too many games left.

“Jay will try to es­tab­lish him­self in the un­der 15s squad next sea­son.”

Dum­bar­ton’s youth teams train at the club and in Ersk­ine, Ren­frew­shire, twice a week and Jay hopes that The Sons will help with his as­pi­ra­tions to be­come a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

“He’s been train­ing with Dum­bar­ton since Jan­uary and we are all pleased with how fast he has pro­gressed,” Emma added.

New Son Jay Robert­son out­side the Dum­bar­ton Foot­ball Sta­dium

New sign­ing Jay Robert­son with scout Alan McDe­vitt

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