Fleetwood swoop for young non-league ace

Elliot Osborne
Elliot Osborne

Fleetwood Town have snapped up yet another non-league hot-shot as they secured the services of Nantwich Town midfielder Elliot Osborne.

Just a day after the club’s former non-league goal machine Jamie Vardy scored in England’s 2-1 Euro 16 win over Wales the club has swooped for Evo-Stik Premier Division side Nantwich’s 22-goal central midfielder Osborne.

The 20-year-old ex-Port Vale youth player says Town and chairman Andy Pilley’s history of giving non-league players such as current first team duo Nick Haughton and Ash Hunter and Premier League winning Leicester City striker Vardy a chance is what helped lure him to Highbury.

He said: “The likes of Jamie Vardy (have played for Fleetwood) and I’ve been in non-league and I’m looking to step back up the ladder and I could not think of anywhere else I would rather go.

“Towards the end of the season I became aware Fleetwood were interested.

“Their chief scout had been down and a couple of other clubs had been looking

but they were the first team to put their cards on the table and see we are very interested.

“Speaking to the chairman (Andy Pilley) he says he is looking to get young up and coming players from non-league and potentially sell them on like he has done with Vardy already and you can see how well he has done.

“He is taking a gamble on non-league players which is the beauty of it really.”

The youngster says Town’s state of the art £8.5m Poolfoot Farm training complex also swayed his decision to move to the Fylde coast.

He said: “Poolfoot Farm is fantastic.

“For a League One club to have these sort of facilities is unbelievable - I don’t understand why anyone would not want to come here.”