Seventeen year old midfielder Nathaniel Wedderburn who joined the Stoke academy less than three years ago has today signed his first professional contract with the club before immediately completing a loan move to League Two side Notts County.
Six foot one inch Wedderburn, who signed on a one year contract, made his debut for the Stoke reserves at the age of just fourteen and has since gone on to impress with some powerful displays in the centre of midfield for both the reserves and the academy. The local born player also featured in several of Tony Pulis’ match squads last season, after being given a squad number in October aged just sixteen, but failed to made the final sixteen for any games. He appeared for the first team for the first time in a friendly win away at Shrewsbury in August.
He has instantly made the move down the River Trent to League Two Notts Coutny, where he has signed a one month loan deal. Lower League experience is vital for any young player hoping of one day competing at the highest level, quantified by Wedderburn’s fellow academy product Ryan Shotton recently returning from a hugely successful loan spell at Tranmere Rovers. His time at Meadow Lane will hopefully help Nathaniel improve as a player and one day live up to his potential of being a top player for Stoke.
Wedderburn in action for the reserves
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