A TODMORDEN teenager has joined the ranks of professional footballers.
Cormac Noel, 16, has joined League One Chesterfield.
He has signed for a two-year apprenticeship and hopes to gain a full professional contract in two years time.
He is now living in Chesterfield and has been through tough pre-season training and is looking forward to the challenge.
He started playing for Todmorden Colts, before the club became Todmorden Borough, and scored the winning goal in a cup competition at The Shay for the under nines.
He played football for Shade School, Todmorden, and then for Ryburn Valley High.
He is also a talented cricketer and played for Sowerby Bridge U15s and U16s.
Cormac was spotted playing during a trial for the Leeds United Shadow squad U15s and spent six months training with Leeds at Thorp Arch.
He was released having only played one match for Leeds but was quickly picked up by FC Halifax Town (Halifax Centre of Excellence) and played for the U15s and U16s.
Des Hazel and the coaching staff helped Cormac greatly and he went from strength to strength.
He made a habit of scoring goals against Chesterfield whenever he played against them, which obviously attracted them to him.
He then signed for Chesterfield FC Centre of Excellence and from there successfully earned the two-year apprenticeship