The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Baker

DANNY New­ton be­came the first player to grad­u­ate from Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy and earn a pro­fes­sional deal when he signed for Steve­nage ear­lier this sum­mer – and the striker is de­ter­mined to re­pay Boro’s faith.

The 26-year-old moved to the Lamex Sta­dium from Tam­worth, where he had spent the pre­vi­ous two cam­paigns, rack­ing up 29 goals last sea­son.

He also spent time at the V9 Academy last term, be­fore mak­ing an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion for Steve­nage by scor­ing on de­but in a 3-3 draw against New­port County.

And while match­ing Vardy’s rise from Nonleague to Premier League win­ner will take some do­ing, New­ton is keen to build on a promis­ing start at Steve­nage.

“I feel quite con­fi­dent so hope­fully I can go on a lit­tle run and get a few,” said New­ton.

“I leave ev­ery­thing out on the pitch and hope­fully the goals will come with it.

“I usu­ally find the harder I work, the greater the re­wards I get.”

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