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18 May 2021 : Eden Gumbs blazes trail from Under 21s to first team

Runcorn Linnets are celebrating a landmark moment with the promotion of Eden Gumbs to the senior squad at his hometowm club.

Striker Eden is the first player to follow the pathway from the newly-established Under 21s side, who have made such good progress in the North West Development League and have gone up to the Premier Division on the back of their exploits in a Covid-affected 2020-21 season.

As well as representing our U21s with distinction, Eden cut his teeth in senior football with North West Counties League side, Barnton last season.

Club manager Calum McIntyre is excited at the youngster's prospects and the opportunities being created for player progression at the club.

Calum said: "Being able to promote Eden to the senior squad is absolutely fantastic and a testament to his talent, but equally a reflection on the outstanding work of Ste Chaney, supported by Jeff Jago, and his coaches in their work with the Under 21s.

"When I joined the club last summer, the Under 21s project was in its infancy and Ste and Jeff have worked tirelessly to consistently improve what it can offer.

"They have been supported by a number of our committed volunteers and supporters and their commitment and investment of significant time has now delivered a player for the first-team squad.

"Eden is a really talented lad and we look forward to developing him further.

"To be able to have a local boy with links to the Under 21s and junior section within the first-team squad is exactly what we want.

"Nick Woods and the enormous team of volunteer coaches associated with Runcorn Linnets JFC do some superb work and we look forward to seeing Eden represent them so well amongst the first-team squad.

"Eden has shown that he can cut it within senior football with so many impressive showings with Barnton FC last season and we look forward to him recreating that form and continuing to develop here at the Linnets."

While impressing in league matches, Runcorn Linnets U21s reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup, losing at Chorley on Sunday, after an excellent win at Tranmere Rovers in the last 16.

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