A young local footballer has completed a dream move to Manchester United after a successful six-week trial with the Premier League giants.
Gap Connah’s Quay attacker Levent Gundogan was spotted by United scouts at the club’s Carrington training ground when he scored all four goals in a 4-4 draw for the North Wales development side.
The under-14s starlet was handed a trial on the back of the stunning performance and, after impressing, he has now been handed a full-time contract with the Reds’ famed academy.
Nomads director of football Jay Catton, who oversees all aspects of the Welsh Premier League club’s thriving academy, said: “He’s a very gifted player who is comfortable up front or in attacking midfield.
“Levent’s attitude and commitment to training and the club have been first-class and we wish him all the best during his time at Manchester United.
“Levent is a great example of the pathway for players in the FAW Academy system and the opportunities that are available to players to move to a higher level.”
Gundogan, who is from Rhyl, joined Nomads two years ago after playing local junior league football and has since become an ever present for their U14s academy side.
Catton, who also acts as the club's first-team assistant manager, continued: "Special mention goes to coaches Iain Bennett and Anthony Weaver who have worked specifically with Levent over the last two years as well as Danny Mapp Jones last season.
"All were pivotal in changing Levent's role to a forward from midfield, which has reaped rewards now for the player.
"A huge well done again to Levent, from all at Gap Connah's Quay Nomads Football Club."
Gundogan becomes the 29th Nomads academy player to be signed a professional club in the last seven years.
That is a statistic that is unbeaten at present by any other academy in Wales.