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Five young Scots breaking through in England

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Ethan Hamilton (Manchester United) – A long-term servant to Hutchison Vale, the Edinburgh-born midfielder signed a deal with the Manchester giants in October 2014. Keen to focus on his studies, Hamiton turned down offers from Celtic and Aberdeen, before eventually making his way to the Red Devils. It can certainly be hoped that he can follow the same successful career path that fellow Scotsman, Darren Fletcher followed, a former product of the prestigious United academy and also from Edinburgh. A tall, two-footed player, Hamilton has represented Scotland at various youth levels, and looks to become an established member of United’s academy side.

Jack Hendry (Wigan) – After a handful of first-team games for Partick Thistle, the Glasgow-born defender signed for the English Championship side in the summer of 2015 after fending off interest from Everton. After a couple of appearances in the cups, Hendry, who spent most of the season in the academy, went on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town, where he played a total of 6 times. It remains to be seen whether or not he can become a mainstay in the Latics’ side this season, but Hendry will be sure to finally get his first-team chances at some point throughout the campaign.

Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal) – A solid, technically excellent holding midfielder. Despite being born south of the border, Charlie's links to Scotland are strong through father Ian Gilmour. After spending many years in the nearby Hale End academy, Gilmour signed scholarship terms with Arsenal in 2015, who spotted him at the age of six after taking part in a youth tournament. After making his debut for Scotland's Under 15 side in a fine victory over Italy, Gilmour was lured by England at Under 17 level. He has since, opted to return to the Scotland fold. With five academy appearances under his belt last season, the midfielder looks set to establish himself more regularly in the new season.

Dominic Hyam (Reading) – Born in Fife, the central defender has one value that can perhaps be undervalued in defenders in this country, a willingness, and ability to play the ball from the back. Scotland under 21 manager Ricky Sbragia has sung his praises in the past, comparing him to former Manchester United defender Johnny Evans. Hyam still has a way to go until he can establish himself at The Royals, enjoying loan spells at the lower leagues down south. With a new deal agreed with the club in the summer, it could be a promising sign for Hyam, who is a regular in the Scotland under 21 side.

Jack Ruddy (Bury) – Ruddy has quite an extraordinary career-path so far compared to most 18-year-old players. Glasgow-born, he spent most of his younger years on the books at local side Rangers. At the age of 10, Ruddy and his family moved to Spain, where he played for Real Murcia at youth level after impressing for nearby side Torre Pacheco. In 2014, Ruddy found his way back to Britain and signed for Bury FC, where he made one appearance last year at just 17 years of age. Having represented Scotland at under 17 level, the six foot five goalkeeper might have to go out on loan to get regular chances this season. 


Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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