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Local schoolboy Sam gets Scholarship surprise

4 November 2015

Sam Martin signs Scholarship terms with Millers...

Academy star Sam Martin was given a day to remember when he was offered a two-year scholarship by the club – in the presence of Chairman Tony Stewart and first team manager Neil Redfearn.
The 15-year-old from Aston has impressed the Academy staff with a number of eye-catching performances, whilst he has also showed great maturity off the field.
Sam was given a moment to remember following his arrival at AESSEAL New York Stadium for a routine photo, only to be greeted by the Chairman, manager and his family as he signed on the dotted line with the Millers.
“We took him in under the pretence that he was having his photograph taken and awarded him his first scholarship deal,” confirmed Academy manager Garreth Barker.
“It was a fantastic day for him and he had his picture taken with the two men that matter most.
“It’s a great moment for us and him, mainly because it’s another local player we’ve brought through the Academy.
He’s played in the Academy games and more recently played in reserve games, lining up as the opposite number to Rob Milsom when we played Notts County.”
Sam is a number of youngsters who are gaining valuable experience, not just at under 18s level, but also in the Final Third Development League.
He impressed the Academy staff with his performances, not just in the opening weeks of the campaign, but also on the pre-season tours of Sweden and Hungary where the next generation gained great experience on and off the field.
“Sam’s had a good year,” added Garreth.
“He was part of our party that went to Sweden where we came second and then he travelled to Budapest with myself and Matt Hamshaw and did very well with the Under 18’s squad.
“The icing on the cake as a 15-year-old schoolboy is to walk into the room and the owner of the football club and the first team manager be there. To be honest, I don’t think it really sunk in and he was a bit taken aback by meeting people who he’s probably only ever seen on the television, the internet and in the matchday programme.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank those two individuals. The Chairman has a very busy schedule and for him to make the time to come down and talk to the players is excellent for the Academy. The same goes for Neil who had just finished training and for all of our young players to have seen these two is fantastic and gives them some light at the end of the tunnel as they aspire to establish themselves here at Rotherham United."

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