Chester FC Academy Graduate Matty Thomson made a big leap this summer, signing a professional deal at the Swansway Chester Stadium; but the youngster insists this is just the beginning of his hard work.
The first pre-season game back this summer saw Thomson and co face some quality opposition against Liverpool – and the 18-year old loved the experience.
Speaking to ChesterFC.com, he said: “I worked really hard over the summer to make sure I was starting pre-season in good shape.
“When I found out our first pre-season game was against Liverpool I was excited to get the opportunity to play against World Class players such as Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita!
“It was great experience and I enjoyed playing in a big occasion.”
It was Thomson’s first taste of action as a Chester FC professional – thanks to the ongoing backing of Swettenham Chemists.
Matty said: “I was delighted to be offered a contract with Chester FC.
“It was a very proud day – not just for me but my family as well. There’s been lots of hard work and family commitment which got me to this point.
“It was a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
The Wirral-based defender is another example of the flourishing Academy system at Chester FC. The hard work from Academy Head Coach Calum McIntyre and his coaches paying off in the best possible way.
“The two years I had in the youth system working under Calum played a big part in my development.
“The youth system has really come on over the past few years and that’s down to Calum and his backroom staff.
“Calum’s attention to detail is very unique and he is able to create winning teams year after year and consistently produce young talent.
“I think last season in the youth team – us winning five trophies is clear proof that whatever he does is working!”
Thomson signed his professional deal already having experience in a first team environment.
When McIntyre took Caretaker charge of Chester in April, he showed his faith in the teenager by giving him two full games against Maidstone United and Barrow.
“Playing in those final two games of last season for the first team was a great experience for me.
“I really enjoyed playing in front of the big crowds both home and away – it was a great challenge and it made me even more determined to succeed.
“Obviously Bern and Jonno have come in now and for me personally they have been great.
“They’ve created a great environment for the lads to work in and the dressing room is made for winners – they love hard work and commitment!”