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Onyeka Latest Academy Graduate To Make His Debut

17 January 2022

Young forward Tyreece Onyeka made his debut for the club on Saturday after replacing Chris Long in the final minutes of our goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town. The Academy graduate has had to wait patiently for his opportunity at first team level after being a regular for Alex Morris’ Under-23 side and more recently spending time out on loan with Matlock Town and Stalybridge Celtic.

The 20-year-old certainly caught the eye with his impact as a substitute for the first-team during pre-season and has now become the latest of the club’s crop of youngsters to make that breakthrough.

Onyeka had one late chance in the game after confidently finding a yard of space on the edge of the Shrewsbury box but his shot was charged down.

Artell told the club’s official website: “I always ask the players and staff if they have anything to say. I did the same in the dressing room on Saturday and Tyreece simply said ‘thanks’.

“I told him he has nothing to thank me for. He should be thanking himself. It is all about the hard work he has put in and the sacrifices he and his family have had to make along the way. He deserves it.

“There is a long way to go with Ty and this is the beginning and all that but we will continue to work with him and develop him and let’s see where he gets too.”

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