Harry Perritt doesn’t know what his future holds at Accrington Stanley – but will never give up.
The 18-year-old will find out in the next few months whether he has earned a professional contract at the Wham Stadium after being here eight years.
He has been a star for the youth team as they charged to the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup before losing to Liverpool recently.
“I play all over really – right wing or right back,” said Harry, who is from Tarleton near Southport.
“I was at Preston North End for a while when I was at primary school but I went back to playing for my Sunday League team.
“I got picked up here by the same scout who picked up my brother, Cameron. Cameron was here from 12-16 but was released and is now studying law at Newcastle University.
“I came here at Under 12 level and it’s now my eighth season which is some achievement!
“I have learnt so much from day one and my game has developed a lot.
“I got told I had got a scholarship in the middle of my mock GCSE’s which certainly took the pressure off! I did have a back-up plan to study Sports Science in college but we do that here as well, while playing football, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
Harry admits that this year’s historic FA Youth Cup run was a memorable one for him.
“This year’s run in the FA Youth Cup has been the highlight of my career so far. I scored two goals in the opening round against Tranmere which was great for me.
“Every round was exciting, beating Notts County in the second round with 10-men and then we came up against Leeds which was a really good game. We went 2-0 up early on and I thought we had it in the bag but then they came back.
“In extra-time we put two U16s on, who had fresh legs, and they did really well for us and scored the important goals.
“It was disappointing to lose against Liverpool but they are a really good side.”
Harry admires Stanley’s Callum Johnson and is keen to pick up tips from him.
“I watch Callum play, he plays in my position so I relate to him. He likes to get up and down the field, put the crosses in and works hard for the team and that’s what I like to do.”
Harry admits he is nervous about the coming months, as all scholars are at this time.
“It is a worrying time but being a footballer is something I have wanted to do all my life. My dad said I had a ball at my feet as soon as I could walk!
“If I get a professional deal, then I know there is still a lot of hard work to do after that but I am prepared for it. If I don’t then I will continue working hard and having faith in myself.”