PLAYER PROFILE

Ashley Fletcher

Birthdate:02 Oct 1995
Birthplace:Keighley
Position:Striker
Joined United:01 Jul 2012

The Yorkshire-born striker may look like an angular target man but he has a neat touch and is clearly learning the tools of the trade at the Aon Training Complex.

After rising through the ranks, his goalscoring prowess at Under-16 level ensured the step up to the Under-18 squad was a formality and he is continued to progress under Paul McGuinness and his coaching staff.

Capable of leading the line and ruffling defenders' feathers, he found himself taking on greater responsibility when James Wilson stepped up to the Under-21s and flourished in his strike partner's absence.

He plundered nine goals from the opening 10 league matches in addition to making his debut for Nicky Butt's Under-19 squad in the UEFA Youth League but suffered from injury problems as the campaign wore on.

A first outing of the 2014/15 term came as a late substitute during the Lancashire Senior Cup victory at Accrington Stanley and he has impressed behind the scenes, scoring in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Bury only moments after coming off

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