From Kirkintilloch to Bradford – Scott is aiming for the top

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TO be handed a two-year full-time contract at the age of just 16 is every young footballer’s dream.

But it’s a reality for Scott Brown who has signed for Bradford City – a club who were in the Premiership just a decade ago and play at a 25,000-seater stadium.

Manager Peter Jackson told the League Two club’s website upon finalising the signing from Clyde that Scott was “one of the best 16-year-olds I’ve seen in a long time”.

Jackson said: “We feel that we’ve got a real find on our hands here. For such a young kid to come down from Scotland to a big club like ours and train the way he has done is exceptional.”

The Bradford City manager added that although Scott had initially been signed for the club’s youth development squad, he was looking to include him in the first team squad this season.

Strapping midfielder Scott, however, takes it all as comfortably as he would receiving a pass from his centre-half.

Scott, who made his debut for Clyde’s first team at just 15 in a friendly match, said: “The manager’s been great with me. It’s great to hear but I just want to learn and play.

“Football’s where I feel free, I was quite nervous when I started off training down here, but I’m just looking to prove myself.

“I was on the bench against Bolton and came on against Carlisle for four minutes playing for the reserves.”

Scott added: “Bradford are a really big club and the aim is to get promoted. I’d definitely like to make some appearances for the first team this season, just as soon as possible.”

Scott is signed to the Kevin Drinkell Sports Management Agency, who also have fellow Kirky boy Charlie Mulgrew of Celtic on their books and Milton of Campsie footballer Mark Stewart (23) – who also joined Bradford City this summer.

Scott, who grew up and lived in Kirkintilloch before moving down to Bradford – where he has been put up in digs by the West Yorkshire club – also specifically wanted to thank his former school, Kirkintilloch High.

He told the Herald: “They were very supportive with me when I had training and matches.”