breakthrough campaign came the following term, as he played an integral part in the Railwaymen's promotion to League One, bagging a scorching opener in their play-off Final victory over Cheltenham Town and scoring 16 times over 45 appearances.
Capped by England at Under-16s, Under-17s and Under-18s level, reports increasingly linked Powell with a further hike up the divisions, but United had already agreed a deal in principle with Crewe before his play-off heroics.
His second season at United began with Powell being sent to Wigan on loan, a move which benefited both the relegated Latics and the youngster.
Wigan's Europa League campaign was particularly fruitful for Nick, who scored three goals and he looked at home in the testing European environment.
He was also up to the task on the domestic front, and played 41 times in total, scoring 12 goals in all competitions with a highlight his spectacular bicycle kick in a win over Bolton.
The end of the season was frustrating, with the Latics falling short of promotion and losing on penalties to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, but