Date: 21st May 2007 at 7:03pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley youngster Martin Fearon has today made history, becoming the first player to sign proffessional terms from the Fraser Eagle Youth Programme.

Fearon, 18, has signed a one-year deal following a highly successful two year spell with the youth programme set up by sponsors Fraser Eagle.

The keeper was only 10 years old when Burnley Football Club scouted him and took him on as a schoolboy, but after six years at the club, he was released aged 16.

He then went on to join Stanley, and following a string of great performances in the Reserve outfit, he was offered a place in the Youth Programme the year after.

He joined Clitheroe on loan after signing a contract that enabled him to play in the Stanley first team, but it wasn’t until earlier in the season that he made it to the Stanley bench.

‘It’s great to have been offered a professional contract at Accrington Stanley, it is my home town club and I am looking forward to continuing to develop as a player over the next 12 months.’ Said Martin speaking to the official Stanley website.

Gaffer John Coleman added:

‘I’m delighted for Martin, he’s done well in his two years in the youth team and has always handled himself well when asked to make the step up with the first team. Fraser Eagle have been great with their support of youth football in the area, and it’s fantastic that out of the first intake two years ago we have a young lad who we can offer a professional contract to.’