A teenager is set to take the first steps towards his dream of becoming a professional footballer after securing a move north of the border.
Logan Powell, 17, who played for South Shields at Under-18s and senior level last season, has earned a two-year deal with Queen of the South, who play in the second tier in Scotland.
This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s my first step towards having a career in footballLogan Powell
The striker is also an accomplished athlete who was one of the top sprinters in the country at the age of 15, and will move away from home next week to begin his new journey.
Logan, who was on the books of Hartlepool United as a youngster and has had trials with the likes of Stoke and Blackburn, said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get up there.
“I’m a bit worried about leaving home, because it will be the first time, and I’ll have to fend for myself.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, though, and it’s my first step towards having a career in football.
“Leaving my family and friends will be tough, but they are the sort of sacrifices you need to make sometimes in football.”
Logan, from Hendon, Sunderland, will start with the Dumfries-based club’s reserves and Under-20s teams, train twice a week with the senior squad and spend one day a week at college, working towards a BTEC qualification.
Last season, he played for Gateshead College before moving to Sunderland, while he also represented South Shields.
Logan added: “I’d really like to thank David Rush, from Sunderland College, Paul Bryson, from Gateshead College, and both Kevin Bolam and Jon King from South Shields, for guiding me through junior football to senior football.”