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Roberts On Receiving Award

4 May 2017

Callum Roberts rounded off a fantastic few months by being named Scholar of the Year at Deepdale on Sunday.

The young goalkeeper has impressed this season, and played a pivotal role in the U18s' FA Youth Cup run which saw PNE reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 50 years. 
 
On collecting the award, the 18-year-old said: "It's been a hard two years but I have enjoyed it thoroughly and it's the end of the two years now but it's a new beginning.
 
"They are going to ask more of me now as a professional, it's been a long two years but it's been great to experience everything that I probably wouldn't have experienced anywhere else."
 
The award comes after the youngster signed his first professional contract after impressing first team manager Simon Grayson. 
 
Roberts will join up with the first team squad for pre-season this summer, alongside Josh Earl and Melle Meulensteen who also got professional deals, though Roberts is no stranger to Springfields after spending time training with the first team 'keepers already this season. 
 
The young goalkeeper admitted that the award was an honour and has just added to what has been a fantastic season for him, he continued: "Getting the professional contract was the main thing and that's what we all aim for as scholars, to get that professional contract and play for the first team in the future. 
 
"I'm sure there are other players who probably deserved it as much, but to get the award out of the whole team is a real honour for me and I feel like it's a great achievement."
 
"It's probably the best season I've had in my young career by far. I've had many experiences like the FA Youth Cup and we've had a great run this year and I've had some great experiences and I would just like to make the next year an even better year for me.
 
"Just take it step by step and who knows what will happen." 
 

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