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Lewis Earl, the younger brother of first team defender Josh, enters the second year of his scholarship having made a significant impact in the youth team defence last term.
The Southport-born youngster is adept playing at right back but it was at centre back, his more natural role, where he made his mark in 2018/19. After a quiet start to the season, injury to a team-mate forced Lewis onto the pitch in a match last October and the defender never looked back, only missing three games all season from that point onwards.
That left Lewis with 25 appearances to his name by the season’s end with 21 starts and four substitute appearances, even scoring his first goal in a convincing 3-0 FA Youth Cup win against Norwich City at Deepdale.