James is living the dream as a professional

James Jenkins

James Jenkins

First published in Sport

UPTON Rocks teenager James Jenkins is living the dream after being offered his first professional football contract at Accrington Stanley.

The 18 -year-old striker, who has been a scholar at the Lancashire club for the last two years, will sign up on July 1 and take his place in James Beattie’s squad in League 2.

Originally from Liverpool, Jenkins has lived in Widnes for the past 10 years and as a young boy played for Pex Hill at Cronton for five years up to under 15s age group.

A former All Saints and Bankfield pupil, Jenkins’ talents for the school team were spotted by Adam Gilchrist who sent him up to Accrington’s academy for a trial.

A big influence on his playing development as a junior growing up in Widnes was Pex Hill coach Shaun Cosgrove.

Jenkins told the club’s website: “It’s every kid’s dream, isn’t it, to be a professional footballer.

“Accomplishing that is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was really young.

“There are some experienced players here and obviously the gaffer himself was a great striker and I’d like to learn a lot from him.”

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