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US College scholarship on the cards for Ralph

OVER THE MOON: Ralph Slaney is pleased to have taken such a big step
OVER THE MOON: Ralph Slaney is pleased to have taken such a big step

Bury Town U18 player Ralph Slaney has secured a place on the programme that helped 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett into professional golf.

The 17-year-old has been signed up to FirstPoint USA after applying earlier this year, and will now be helped through the process of finding and winning a sports scholarship to a US College from the 2019/20 academic year.

He said he will have to take the SAT exam, the American university entry exam, as well as send in footage of him playing before he can expect any offers to start coming through.

“I’m over the moon, it is like a dream is being put in front of me and all it takes is some hard work and determination too get there. What a chance it is,” he said.

“One more year and then hopefully the US. I believe the States offers an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity, allowing me to study and play football at a very high level.”

Slaney beat approximately 30,000 applicants to become one of the select few.

The centre-back said he has also re-signed for Bury Town U18 and has been training with the first team in pre-season.

He said: “There may be a chance (of some first-team minutes this season) but I couldn’t say.”

Slaney will also be joined by attacking midfielder Josh Smedley at Bury Town U18s, after impressing in pre-season.

The club said Smedley had attracted interest from professional clubs last season and hope he will add quality to the squad.

l Meanwhile, the U18 side beat an U16 Tottenham Hotspur side 2-1 at Ram Meadow on Saturday, in the Jake Paxton Memorial Match.

l Bury Town’s first team will tonight host a Leyton Orient XI (7.45pm).

l Bury Town have been given a bye in the preliminary round of this season’s Bostik League Velocity Trophy. They will face Northwood in round one on September 20.

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