YOUTH FOOTBALL: Grantham Town youngster scouted by ‘The Posh’

Jack Goode sporting his new Peterborough United strip.
Jack Goode sporting his new Peterborough United strip.
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A Grantham Town under-13 player has been scouted by Peterborough United.

Jack Goode has been signed by The Posh as an Academy player and began training with them on Wednesday.

Jack (pictured) showed promise at an early age and had a two-year spell training with Lincoln City when he was just seven years old.

He was offered a trial for Peterborough after he impressed their chief scout at a football tournament. He then underwent a six-week spell of training and played in several Academy games at the end of last season.

Jack’s father Alan said: “It was then they offered him an Academy contract. He signed a week last Monday.”

Before joining Grantham Town, Jack played for Newark Town, Flowserve in Balderton, and Grantham Flames.

Alan heaped praise on the under-13s Gingerbreads manager Nick Anderson for bringing Jack on in leaps and bounds: “His improvement this year is largely thanks to Nick who showed belief in Jack and applied his own balance of encouragement and discipline to spur Jack on.”

Jack is due to leave Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, to start at Nene Park Academy, Peterborough, in September. Peterborough United use the Academy for their Junior Scholarship Programme. Players train four days out of five, plus fixtures on Sundays.