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Teenager realises Man Utd dream

Richard Murray
Murray had offered McGinty a scholarship at Charlton Athletic

A young Kent footballer has realised his dream of moving to Premier League champions Manchester United.

Schoolboy Sean McGinty, 15, from Bearsted, near Maidstone, has been on Charlton's books for three years.

"We did our utmost to persuade him to stay and offered scholarship terms," said Addicks chairman Richard Murray.

"But joining such a big club is obviously an attractive prospect and Sean and his family made it clear that they wanted to move north to United."

Murray added: "To have a club like Manchester United tracking our youth players clearly shows the quality that our academy is producing.

Of course, nothing would have made us happier than Sean coming through the ranks and representing our first team, and our coaches had high hopes for him

Charlton chairman Richard Murray

"It also provides further evidence of the value of retaining our academy status... despite the club's relegation to League One.

"Of course, nothing would have made us happier than Sean coming through the ranks and representing our first team, and our coaches had high hopes for him."

A compensation deal has now been agreed between the two clubs.

McGinty joined the Addicks at the age of 12 and, despite his age, represented both Charlton's under-18 side and reserves last season.



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