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    Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    Teens Scot premier goalkeeper potential
    A WEAR Valley teenager has signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

    Sixteen-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Graham put pen to paper on the deal this week having risen through the ranks at Willington and represented England at schoolboy level.

    He has also been named in the 20-man squad for the next series of England schoolboy matches, culminating in a tournament between the four home nations.

    Lewis, who has been playing for Wallsend Boys, the same club that launched Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick, said: I just cant wait to get up there and start playing football. The facilities at Hibs are awesome and Im looking forward to having a good crack with other lads.

    I thought there might be some rivalry between the players because we are all wanting to play, but they have all been really friendly and I know that I am going to have the best time there. I cant wait to play football everyday and the fact Im getting paid just makes it all the better.

    I dont want to be a celebrity footballer, I just want the chance to play and make a career on the pitch. Although a Leeds United fan, Lewis says it is his dream to play for one of the North East clubs.

    Lewis said: I want to get these two years out of they way and hopefully get another contract.

    Ultimately Id like to return to the North East and play for one of the local clubs like Sunderland or Middlesbrough, and obviously it would be great to play for England. Lewis, will move to Edinburgh in June where he will carry on his studies in sport while playing for Premiership outfit Hibernian, and there is every chance he may get a game for the first team.

    Lewis father Colin said: The lad that was in Lewis position last year was named on the bench a few times this season so you never know, they might well call him up.

    We are so pleased for him and its fantastic that he is able to do something he really loves. A lot of young men have to get jobs they dont like just to earn some money, and we are so proud that Lewis can play football for a living.

    Lewis played as a striker until he was nine, but now says there isnt anywhere he would rather be then between the posts. Lewis said: I love diving around in the mud. I havent really got any heroes, I just admire players who love the game and show their passion for it on the pitch.

    I like David James as a player, but really I just go and play it my way. Im really pleased to have made it into Hibs, and they are perfect for me at the moment.

    I went for a trial at Hamilton who are in the Scottish first division but they didnt want me, so its really great but a bit weird that I got into a better club like Hibs. I cant wait to play Hamilton now though.

    Lewis mother Sue said: Lewis has always had that something extra in his football and we knew he would go far. We are over the moon for him although itll be a bit strange with him living in Edinburgh, especially for his twin brother Evan.

    All of our boys are football mad, and they are all really pleased for Lewis and there isnt even the slightest hint of jealousy.
    Teen’s Scot premier goalkeeper potential , Wear Valley Mercury

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    Tyne & Wear? Would that be the same scout that got us Damon Gray?
    GGTTH

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

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    Tyne & Wear? Would that be the same scout that got us Damon Gray?
    That's also the Club that the Young black thief with the famous uncle/cousin was signed from

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    Good to see that the new facilities are impressing players (even if he is just a teenage amateur). Not so good to see that he admires Calamity James style of goalkeeping!! Heart in mouth time chaps!

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    Might of been the wee laddie who was with some guy at the east of scotland shield always chatting to the guys in hibs suits and stuff
    Hibs.

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

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    Good to see that the new facilities are impressing players (even if he is just a teenage amateur). Not so good to see that he admires Calamity James style of goalkeeping!! Heart in mouth time chaps!
    I think David James is an excellent keeper myself likesay.

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    its damon gray,s dad thats the hibs scout down there

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

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    I feel we have enough youth talent at the moment. I hope we get some decent senior signings.
    Not if they keep getting shown the door we wont ;)

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    david grof getting punted me reckons

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    Quote Originally Posted by TattooedHibee View Post
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    I think David James is an excellent keeper myself likesay.
    Snap.

    If he turns out to be half as good as David James he'll be a cracking cat.
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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

    I give it a year before we get some posts asking for him to be given a chance in the first team

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    Re: Hibs sign England Schoolboy International Keeper

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    david grof getting punted me reckons
    When I trained with him a few weeks ago, these two wee laddies were asking him loads of questions. One was who he supports, and he said Celtic. With John Park at the tims, I think this could be where he eventually ends up.
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