Ashington’s attacking midfielder David Carson has secured a one-year contract with Sky Bet championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.
The 18-year-old, who only joined the Colliers during the close season from Jarrow Roofing, was awarded the deal last week which commences from the beginning of July, meaning the South Shields-born attacker can play for the reminder of the campaign with Ashington.
A delighted Carson said: “I initially went for a two-day trial during the February half-term holidays and they asked me back for a week.
“I was down from Monday to Friday and played in midfield in a 4-3-3 system in a behind closed doors friendly for their under-21s side.
“On Wednesday they called me in to see if I was interested in a contract – and I jumped at the chance.”
Boldon Colliery-based Carson added: “The contract doesn’t start until July 1 so it means I can complete my two-year course at Gateshead College – where I have been studying a Btec level 3 diploma in sport – as well as playing out the season with Ashington.”
Carson was at the Newcastle Academy from the age of seven but released at 14 where he joined Sunderland.
Two years later he was not offered a scholarship with the Black Cats and went to college.
“I was devastated when released at both clubs,” he said.
“More so at Sunderland because at 16 you can be offered a full-time contract.
“As a young boy everyone wants to be a pro footballer, and I was hoping that after missing out at Newcastle and Sunderland that I would get a break, so this is a dream come true.”
He continued: “I will be giving it everything I can – to work hard and to develop my game.”
Carson looks up to Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney as being his favourites, with the latter playing in his favoured position.
He said: “Commitment and work rate are two aspects I associate with Shearer and Rooney, and I try to bring those into my own game,” he said.
Carson meanwhile expressed his gratitude to all at Woodhorn Lane.
“I’d like to thank the whole club – particularly Gary Middleton and Perry Briggs – for the season so far,” he said.
“They gave me an opportunity and have supported me and allowed me to go down to Blackburn and I really appreciate it.”