Footie-mad Nikyle signs for Doncaster Rovers’ academy

Footballer Nikyle Rose has signed for Doncaster Rovers academy. (p614f506)
Footballer Nikyle Rose has signed for Doncaster Rovers academy. (p614f506)

A record of 280 goals in just two-and-a-half seasons has led to budding footballer Nikyle Rose signing for Doncaster Rovers’ academy.

Nine-year-old Nikyle, of Knottingley, notched up the impressive total while playing for Pontefract Collieries.

The winger became the club’s fourth player to sign for a Football League academy when he signed for the South Yorkshire club in September.

Proud dad Nicky, 38, said: “Obviously I am proud as punch to see him playing for Doncaster but the main thing for me is that he is happy and enjoying his football.

“He was really sad to leave Pontefract Collieries because they were like a big family, so it was a tough decision for him.”

The Vale Primary Academy pupil first started playing football at the age of five.

He was spotted by a scout from Doncaster while playing last season and trained with the club last summer.

After impressing coaches at Rovers, he signed for the club’s under-9s team and has been playing for the club since last September.

Mr Rose added: “I was a bit reluctant about it all at first to be honest but his mum Laura said let him go and see what it’s like.

“So we left the decision up to Nikyle and he absolutely loved it there during the summer and he said he wanted to do it.”

Mr Rose, of Springfields, Knottingley, thanked the coaches and volunteers at Pontefract Collieries for the support they gave Nikyle during his time playing with the club.

He said: “I helped to run the team when Nikyle played and I can’t thank Danny Charlotte, his team coach, and the rest of the coaches there enough for the support they’ve given him.”