Wolves have swooped to sign the UK’s youngest ever League footballer.
Record-breaking Jordan Allan, at 15 one of the bright hopes for the Scottish game, has signed a four-year deal to continue his development at Molineux.
The Airdrie striker became the youngest player to feature in a British first-team match when he came on as a substitute at the age of 14 and 189 days in Scottish League One fixture against Livingston in April.
And Jimmy Boyle, the manager who gave Allan the chance to make history last season, insists the teenage Scot has a bright future in the game.
He said: “This is great news for the boy.
“Jordan's very focused and hard-working. Scoring goals is what he does best. He's a natural finisher.
“He's a team player, listens to what he is being told and has a great attitude.
“I know he has a great family behind him and he will have no problem making this move.
“He merited his debut in the first team last season. He'd done well for the reserves and under-19s and we knew he had ability.
“I'm delighted for him. He's a name to watch.”
Allan, who is from Hamilton, had looked set for a move to Fulham but the deal fell through with Liverpool also showing interest before Wolves swooped.
Boyle, who left Airdrie at the end of the season, added: “He's had a couple of knocks in the last year but is a really strong character.”
The youngster’s seven minute cameo in the game against Livingston caused a stir north of the border and was followed by his scoring six goals for the club’s Under 15 team the next day.
But Boyle’s assistant at the time Alan Lawrence, who has worked closely with the schoolboy, joined in the chorus of acclaim for the young striker’s potential.
“At his own level, is finishing is phenomenal,” he says. “Jordan is a natural finisher.
“I have been taking him for shooting sessions and we have been working on his angles and to try to develop his game and get him using his weaker foot.
“ He’s a quiet, level-headed lad, not like some of the dafties you get at his age as he acts ahead of his time.
“I could never have imagined a kid of 14 could playing in a senior game. To have had Jordan involved at his age is incredible.”Subscribe to our Newsletter