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FIRST WORD | Matt Young

Midfield technician Matt Young is delighted to become the latest EFL youngster who has opted to pick up some National League experience on loan with Wealdstone.

Signed on a loan deal from Leyton Orient initially until January 2023, the 19-year-old follows in the recent footsteps of George Wickens, Connor McAvoy, Aaron Henry, Charles Clayden, Jay Bird and Jayden Sweeney in players their parent clubs have trusted the Stones to oversee the next phase of their development. “It’s great, when the opportunity came, I was keen to do it," said Young. "The first training session was good, it’s all gone so well, so I’m happy to be here.” The 19-year-old midfielder made 14 appearances for the O’s in League Two last season and will be looking to bring his valuable EFL experience to Stuart Maynard's progressive side. “It’s given me knowledge on men’s football in a higher division so hopefully I can take the skills that I’ve learnt in League Two and bring them here", said Young. “Next season I’ll be hoping to get regular game time, be playing well, get goals, assists and just trying to impact the team and do well for the boys.” Pre-season starts for the Stones away at Hendon on Tuesday night and there are also games against Charlton and QPR. “I’ll be looking to get match fitness," said Young. "I’ll also be looking to bond with the rest of the boys and get used to playing with them which will be important for when the first game comes around. Getting a style of play, getting me fitted in to it and hopefully doing the best for the team.” The Stones finished 16th last year and Young believes his new side have the credentials to cement themselves as an established National League side. “I’ve had a few conversations with the gaffer, its promising here," said Young. "I think we’ll comfortably stay up and hopefully just improve on the position we were in last year."

Catch Matt and his new teammates in action at Grosvenor Vale this season and save money week in, week out when you buy a 2022/23 Season Ticket!

Words by Will Beaman


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