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ACADEMY | Pye & Rooney Enjoy First Team Debuts

14 July 2021

Connor Pye and Cameron Rooney enjoyed game time in the Shrimps’ 1-5 victory away at Workington AFC.

Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly away at Workington AFC saw two young youth prospects take to the pitch in a senior match for the first time in their careers.

Pye, who joined the Morecambe academy in his under 16’s season from Wigan Athletic, and Rooney, who was picked up playing for Liverpool schoolboys under 13’s, both featured in the second half for Stephen Robinson’s side.

Academy manager Stewart Drummond, who clocked up more than 600 appearances for the Shrimps, is delighted to see the youngster’s line-up for the first team.

“Connor became an influential member of the youth team during his first year, earning the player of the season for the under 17’s and is well regarded within the academy.

“Reminiscent of the type of attacking full-back Lawrence Wilson was during his time at the club, it is great to see Connor get an opportunity with the first team.

“For the majority of his playing time, Cameron has operated as a striker, scoring for the youth team in his under 15’s season making him one of the youngest to do so.

“A change in formation has seen him move positions to a deeper role in midfield which has allowed him to get on the ball more and affect the game.

“As a first year, it is terrific to see him get a chance with the first team so early and be exposed to the levels he needs to reach.”

Speaking after the game, manager Stephen Robinson said he was delighted with both players.

“We were able to introduce two of the young kids tonight in Cameron and Connor and I thought both were excellent,” he said.

“Connor had a full half a game and Cameron came on with 20 minutes to go and looked very composed.

“As well as signing players, we’re trying to get that link with the academy and give them a taste of first team football.”


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