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News Archive > Sport > Argyle youngster earns his new deal

Argyle youngster earns his new deal

By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

Argyle youngster earns his new deal
SPONSORED: Finley Nancarrow

Sponsorship deals are something soccer stars may take for granted, but the first one is always memorable – and few find a commercial sponsor at 11 years of age.

But Finley Nancarrow, from St Austell, is the exception, and he’s starting to show an exceptional talent.

Finley, who plays for the Plymouth Argyle Youth Team, has had his kit for next season sponsored by AvantiGas, the LPG company which works with off-grid communities and also sponsors AFC St Austell, Daniel Nancarrow, Fin’s dad, is the first-team joint manager.

“It’s the first time I’ve had any sponsorship,” said Finley. “I was really thankful and happy to get it.”

Finley, who is in Year 6 at Mevagissey School, plays centre-back for the Argyle youth team, the same position occupied by his personal soccer idol, the French international and Arsenal defensive king-pin Laurent Koscielny, regarded as one of the best players in his position in the Premier League.

Proud dad Daniel feels that Finley has the potential to become a professional player, making the most of a talent which runs through three generations of the family. He said: “Fin is passionate about football. He absolutely loves it. He’s been with Argyle since he was seven, and he trains with them three times a week, then plays matches on Sunday. He’s got a really good attitude, which is the most pleasing thing.

“Football is a massive commitment for Fin. He misses friends’ birthday parties, he misses school events, he misses a lot because he is really dedicated. For an 11-year-old his attitude is spot-on.”

Daniel spotted Fin’s talent early, which is perhaps not surprising: “My dad wasn’t a bad player and I wasn’t a bad player either. I played for the county and I had trials at Yeovil and Wimbledon. I think I had the talent but I didn’t have the attitude that Finley has.

“I got offered a professional contract at Yeovil when I was 19 but then the manager got sacked, so that was just unlucky.”

Fin’s first club was Tregorrick Park Youth FC and Daniel added: “He started playing on a Saturday morning when he was four or five. They used to do Tiny Tots on a Saturday morning.

“He was there for two years, then he was asked to go on to the centre of excellence at Brannel, run by Argyle. Then you go on to the Academy at Ivybridge. There were three boys from St Austell selected and unfortunately the other two have been released, so there’s only Fin now. There’s a long way to go but he’s taking the right steps.”

Sponsoring Finley’s football kit may be just one small step along the way, but AvantiGas marketing executive Abi Martin, who looks after community sponsorships for the company, said they were delighted to help: “Our sponsorship of AFC St Austell means we already feel as if Dan and Finley are part of the AvantiGas family, and Dan’s father, Tony, is also supervisor at our St Austell depot, so we were really keen to encourage Finley in his ambition to work towards a professional career in football.”

Daniel, who has an older son, Jordan, aged 14, and baby son Isaac, seven months, said pursuing this ambition did mean sacrifices for the family but it is well worth it the effort.

By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

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