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Skybet League 1 side Swindon award amateur a contract

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Talented amateur footballer Josue Antonio will sign a one-year professional contract with Swindon Town FC after winning the Samsung Win A Pro Contract competition.
 
Defender Josue, 18, of Fleming Mead, Mitcham, beat more than 5,700 entrants to win the life-changing dream contract with the League One club.
 
The defender made it through a series of regional trials and assessment days, before competing in an 11-a-side Final at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on Sunday March 2, 2014.
 
Following the Final, Josue was one of two players selected by Swindon manager Mark Cooper to spend a few days of intense boot-camp training with the first-team squad.
 
Josue, who currently plays with local side Staines Town FC, was then picked after impressing Cooper and Swindon coaching staff.
 
Josue said: “It feels great to have won a professional contract, when I entered I never thought I’d get this far.
 
“When I was training I put in a lot of work and I was getting a lot of praise from the manager, I was thinking ‘maybe he might pick me’.
 
“If I play my best this year I might be able to go on to do big things and get an extended contract for the club – that’s my aim.”
 
Josue will now look to join up with the Swindon squad in the next few months, before signing his professional contract in June.
 
Swindon manager Mark Cooper said: “I chose Josue as the winner because he is an extremely athletic young man with great physical stature for his age.”
 
“He has a lot of potential for development and I am looking forward to working with him."
 
Sky Sports will be showing a three-part documentary on Samsung Win A Pro Contract later this year.
 
For more information on Win A Pro Contract, please visit www.­facebook.­com/­sam­sun­gfo­otball

Hollie Mellia
 

 

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