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Trio sign pro deals

19 July 2019

Lewis Gilboy, Matty Williams and Alex O'Neill have all today signed their first professional contracts with Accrington Stanley.

Liverpool-born winger Gilboy (centre), who has been with the Reds since Under-11s, said: "It's exciting to sign a professional contract.

"I have learnt a lot since I have been here, both on and off the ball and developed my technical skills.

"I have been on the bench and trained with the first team so it's all been good experience."

The 18-year-old scored three goals as Stanley reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup last year, only losing to Liverpool.

"It's still the highlight of my career so far, I scored twice against Tranmere in the opening game and then once against Leeds United in our extra-time win."

Williams (right) joined Stanley at Under-16 level after he was picked up playing Sunday League football, he was formerly at Wigan Athletic.

"I guess I got into it late but I am used to all the training and what's expected of me now," said the Magull-born defender.

"It's a dream to sign a professional contract, it's what you want as a youngster. We have been mixing with the first team a lot and we train with them so we are picking up valuable experience.

"Also with having the Under-23s team this year, we will play more games."

O'Neill (left) joined the club at Under-15 level and the striker has already had to overcome challenges during his career.

"It's a really good feeling, because it's been my dream since I was a kid and to actually achieve that dream is a feeling you cant really describe.

"I've had setbacks, when I first signed for Accrington in the Under-15s, I broke my ankle and when I came back from that I just carried on playing."

The club has now had four scholars turn professional during the summer transfer window, with goalkeeper Toby Savin signing his first professional contract in June.

Congratulate Lewis, Matty and Alex on Twitter - they're @lewisgilboy1, @mattywilliams01 and @_Alex_ONeill96!

You can sponsor Lewis, Matty or Alex by contacting our Commercial team on 01254 356950 or by emailing

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