SKELMERSDALE United youngster Matty Hughes has signed for League Two promotion chasers Fleetwood Town.
The two clubs spent last week discussing terms and according to Skelmersdale United Chairman Paul Griffiths “reached an amicable agreement for a fee that must remain undisclosed.”
Twenty-year-old Matty joined Skelmersdale in November 2012 having previously played parks football around the Wigan area mainly for his local club Golborne Town and the impact he made at the West Lancashire College Stadium was immediate.
Scoring a hat-trick on his debut in a Dootson Sports Cup tie against Prescot Cables, he has gone on to net 24 goals in 58 games, a remarkable output for a player who has mainly started for Skelmersdale on the right-wing.
Matty follows a number of players who have had their careers at higher level ignited by Skelmersdale manager Tommy Lawson and he follows in the footsteps of Craig Noone of Cardiff City and Coventry City’s Carl Baker.
Others include George Donnelly, Shaun McConville and a host of players presently plying their trade in the Skrill Premier Division.
Lawson said: “Matty has been a pleasure to work with and I am sure he will go on to bigger and better things, he now steps up the path trod by Craig Noone and many of us saw the tremendous goal he struck against Manchester City last week. There are many similarities between Matty and Craig and I really do wish him well in the future.”
Griffiths added: “I am sure I speak for everyone at Skelmersdale in wishing Matty all the best, he has been a favourite among the Skelmersdale support especially because of his infectious enthusiasm, it is great to think that Skelmersdale have played a part in launching his career.
“I would also like to add that I think he is going to a good club too, Fleetwood have been extremely professional in the way they have approached and handled this transfer.”