Talented Ribble Valley striker hopes to follow in the footsteps of Blackburn Rovers hero Rhodes

Talented Ribble Valley striker hopes to follow in the footsteps of Blackburn Rovers hero Rhodes

Talented Ribble Valley striker hopes to follow in the footsteps of Blackburn Rovers hero Rhodes

First published in Sport by , Features Writer

HOT-SHOT Ellis Harling is Jordan Rhodes’ number one fan – and now the rookie striker could be following in his tracks after the Moorland School pupil was picked to represent Manchester City’s junior development squad.

The 12-year-old, a Year Eight pupil at the Clitheroe School, plays for Mellor Juniors U13s and is one of their rising stars.

“I was surprised and delighted to be picked for Manchester City’s development squad, and I’ve learned a lot from Mr Jackson, our coach at Moorland, and Ben Howard, who coaches me at Mellor Juniors,” said Ellis, from Sunny Bower.

Ellis, who has scored over 20 goals for Mellor Juniors this season, including six in one match in a Lancashire Cup tie, added: “I’ve played football since I was seven and my favourite position is centre-forward, although I can play in midfield too.

“I love the game and Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn Rovers is the player I like to watch most of all because he is such a fantastic goal-scorer.

“I know it is very hard to be a professional, but that is my dream.”

Jackson has played a major role in Moorland forging a reputation for nurturing young talent, with Manchester United striker John Cofie joining Burnley from the Clitheroe school, before his switch to Old Trafford in 2007.

Moorland School Headteacher Jonathan Harrison also praised his star pupil and said: “Ellis has done superbly well to reach this level and we are very proud of his achievements.”

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5:13pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MatthewCA says...

The real truth is Jorden Rhodes is a real Hero of thousands and now the team should pay the price to stay at the top of the table in this championship with this amazing star. Lots of young kids(girls and boys) are looking at Blackburn rovers striker as there star.

Best wishs to Rhodes for a good season.
The real truth is Jorden Rhodes is a real Hero of thousands and now the team should pay the price to stay at the top of the table in this championship with this amazing star. Lots of young kids(girls and boys) are looking at Blackburn rovers striker as there star. Best wishs to Rhodes for a good season. MatthewCA
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5:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Stonesrick54 says...

Once again another young lad being bigged up about his future career. This happens too often and usually ends up with the youngster having his dreams shattered 4 or 5 years down the line.

Having said that how come Rovers didn't pick him up.

Anyway good luck to the lad - hope he makes it.
Once again another young lad being bigged up about his future career. This happens too often and usually ends up with the youngster having his dreams shattered 4 or 5 years down the line. Having said that how come Rovers didn't pick him up. Anyway good luck to the lad - hope he makes it. Stonesrick54
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5:32pm Tue 12 Feb 13

1952 rover says...

why go to city then.
why go to city then. 1952 rover
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