The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By David Richard­son

CIARON BROWN has landed a move from Weald­stone to Cham­pi­onship high-fly­ers Cardiff City just two years af­ter he was play­ing in Step 5.

The 20-year-old de­fender, who can play cen­trally or at left back, has made 66 ap­pear­ances and scored three goals for the Stones since join­ing from Com­bined Coun­ties Premier Divi­sion side Bed­font Sports in 2016.

His form led to a num­ber of clubs track­ing the young­ster’s progress and he had a trial with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

But the Owls’ divi­sion ri­vals have swooped for Brown to take him to Wales and be­come the lat­est grad­u­ate to leave the Na­tional League South club for the Foot­ball League.

They’ve had great suc­cess launch­ing pro­fes­sional ca­reers, in­clud­ing former Leeds United and Everton striker Jer­maine Beck­ford and midfielders Luke O’Nien and Tom Pett.

Weald­stone boss Bobby Wilkin­son said: “I’d like to wish Ciaron a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer; it’s a great achieve­ment to be­come a pro, he’s worked very hard and we will al­ways sup­port him and we will fol­low his progress with great in­ter­est”

Stones chair­man Peter Marsden added: “I know that Ciaron has worked ex­tremely hard to ful­fil his am­bi­tion to be a full time pro foot­baller and I know all Weald­stone fans will wish him well at Cardiff. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing Ciaron and his new team mates for a pre­sea­son friendly at Grosvenor Vale at the start of next sea­son.”

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