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Academy Star Horbury Signs Professional Deal

27/06/22

George Horbury has signed a first professional contract with the club having impressed while playing for our U18 Academy last season, becoming the first Harrogate Town player to do so.

The 18-year-old hit the ground running last season, scoring our Academy’s first ever competitive goal at St George’s Park against Burton Albion.

Horbury’s form in front of goal carried on as the young midfielder continued to find the net from midfield during our Academy’s first season, catching the eye of Manager Simon Weaver.

“He’s a strong central midfielder who excelled last year in the U18s, he was a real driving force for them and got better over the course of the season.

“It’s great having a Harrogate born lad in there and we can’t wait to see how he develops now as a footballer.

“Paul Stansfield and Josh Law are already working their magic with players and without our Academy we wouldn’t have had that insight into George.

“I remember watching him against Lincoln early on and thought he stood out and he’s got better and better.
“We’re going to involve him in the friendlies and take it from there, but we’ve got high hopes for him.”

Having just completed his A-levels, George is now ready to put his full focus into his football.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity I have been given and ready to work hard. It’s a step up in level, but I’ve tried to come in as fit as possible and learn from the pros in this team.

“Last season was the first season for the Academy so there were always going to be some ups and downs, but looking back I thought we did really well and I felt I improved over the year.

“I’m high energy, get round the pitch and always give it my all, I like to break up the play, break through the lines from midfield and cause problems with my passing and dribbling.

“Everyone is really down to earth and welcoming here and I’m really grateful for Paul Stanfield and Simon Weaver giving me this opportunity.”

George will wear the number 25 while at the club.
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