A teenager from Gerrards Cross is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer after he signed a scholarship with Queens Park Rangers (QPR).
Noah McCann, 16, will play for the Championship side’s Under 18s this season as he continues to progress through the academy.
The centre-back will make the step up from the Under 16s after impressing last season despite being injured from October to December.
The talented teenager, who cites QPR first team center-back Rob Dickie as his biggest inspiration, has been with the club for 10 years and he was just one of eight academy players to earn a scholarship.
It means Noah will now train full time, although he faced an anxious wait to hear about the scholarship as the club wanted to see how he recovered from an injury.
However, he can now look forward to a bright future and is confident he and his team will do well.
Speaking to CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews, Noah said: “The club is very competitive. I’ve been there for so long, and every two years there’s a renewal, so I’ve seen many friends come and go.
“In five years, I see myself hopefully playing for QPR’s first team or being out on loan somewhere, get the experience to then come back and be part of the first team.”
For the new season, Noah and his teammates will compete in the English Under 18s Professional Development League alongside the likes of Watford, Birmingham City, Millwall and Cardiff City.