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Rising star Ryan signs on for Stanley

Moorland School's rising star Ryan Muldoon
Moorland School's rising star Ryan Muldoon
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Moorland School’s rising star Ryan Muldoon will be joining Accrington Stanley – bound for League 1 – next season.

The Clitheroe school has forged an enviable reputation for producing home-grown and international talent, under the watchful eye of coach Charlie Jackson,

and Muldoon, whose family home is in Dubai, is the latest Moorland youngster to put pen to paper with a Football League club.

The 15-year- old defender, who also had spells in the junior ranks with Blackburn Rovers and Burnley , said: “This is a great honour for me. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Jackson, who is in charge of the Moorland Football Academy, said: “Ryan has been the mainstay of the Moorland squad, but in the last year he has come on in leaps and bounds.

“We are all so proud that he has got this opportunity because Ryan has a tremendous work ethic and is a very dedicated scholar.”

Jackson added: “Ryan has had to toughen up because he was a quiet boy, but now it is like turning a switch on and off because he comes alive on the football field.

“He has the talent, I believe, to make a career as a professional footballer and perhaps one day in Accrington Stanley’s first team.”

Meanwhile, Moorland have won through to the final of the English Schools’ Football Association Final and will play Ibstock School from London.

“It is our eighth final in four years and I think that’s a remarkable achievement for such a small school,” said Jackson.

“We take a great pride that we are playing in another national final.”

Four Moorland boys – Adam Wharton, Jay Haddow, Kristi Montgomery and Ben Kershaw – all featured for Blackburn Rovers in their Iber Cup (Under14-15) triumph in Portgual.

Rovers played seven games in the continental tournament, defeating Sporting

Lisbon in the semi-final before beating Israeli side Ashdod to lift the trophy.