A TEENAGER soccer starlet is on the way up – after signing for Motherwell FC.
Nicholas Devlin (17) inked a two-year deal with the Scottish Premier League club after plans for him to move to Preston fell through.
The gifted right back, who played for Dumbarton’s first team last season, will begin pre-season training with the club’s under-19 squad next month and hopes to battle his way into the first team.
He said: “It’s a dream come true. Like most young boys, I always wanted to be a footballer and now I’ve been given the opportunity to make that hopefully happen.
“After Preston I thought I would be at Dumbarton for the rest of the year, but when the club phoned to say Motherwell were interested in signing me I was delighted and as soon as I spoke to them I wanted to sign straight away.
“Not many people are given the opportunity to play at a high level and I hope I will get the chance to play in the top division in Scotland and, hopefully, do well.
“I was happy at Dumbarton and I wanted to go back next year, but the opportunity to play for an SPL club is not really something you can turn down.”
Nicholas, from Bishopbriggs, began his career at West Park United Football Club in Bishopbriggs before signing for Hamilton and has spent the last two years at Dumbarton, where he reached the squad’s first team last season.
The former Turnbull High School pupil also received a call up to the Scotland under-19 team and was selected to captain Scotland’s under-18s school squad earlier this year.
He’s now hopeful he can keep his spot in the squad for the up-coming under-19 European Championships in September.
He added: “It was amazing to play for Scotland and I’m hoping I will get the chance to play with them again in the Euro under 19s.
“To go from playing part-time football last year to an under-19 Euro championship would be unbelievable.”