After being with the club since 2001, he has impressed the coaches with his aggression and tigerish work in midfield.
Not afraid to mix it with more physical opponents, he adapted quickly to Academy football last season and earned a dream promotion to the Reserves, playing alongside Anderson at Altrincham's Moss Lane.
Also tried at full-back, he is most at home in the centre of midfield and managed 18 appearances in 2011/2012 (14 starts plus four substitute cameos). Showing a flair for getting forward, he was amongst the goals at the 2011 Milk Cup and notched
four strikes during the campaign as a whole.
The blond-haired youngster faces plenty of competition for a place in the team as Paul McGuinness has a number of midfielders on his books but is likely to press home his claims again in his final year at Academy level.