Spalding United’s teenage hot-shot Jonny Lockie is all set to follow in the footsteps of the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy.
Not too many years ago Vardy was turning out for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the Northern Premier League – he twice played against the Tulips during that time – and has paved a clear path to Leicester City and Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
Sixteen-year-old Lockie, who joined the Tulips at the start of this season and has been in prolific form for the under-18 and reserve teams, made his first-team debut against Daventry Town last month.
Now he has earned a trial with Leicester for around Christmas time.
Lockie said: “It’s a really good opportunity for me to progress as a player and it’s one of those things you just can’t turn down.”
Spalding director of football Bob Don-Duncan added: “We congratulate Jonny on his opportunity with Leicester City.
It’s a really good opportunity for me to progress as a player and it’s one of those things you just can’t turn down.Jonny Lockie
“It is well deserved because as well as having a great knack of scoring goals, he has an excellent attitude.
“Everyone who has worked with him at youth team, reserve level and the first team also deserve praise for his development.
“The club are delighted for him and it gives others the incentive to follow suit.
“It shows what can be done and in the years to come the youth development teams will prosper and produce some budding Tulips. The bulbs have been planted.
“Well done Jonnie, keep your feet on the ground and keep working hard.”
Before coming to the Sir Halley Stewart Field, Lockie had played youth football at Crowland Town, Pinchbeck United and Holbeach United.
He was watched again by Leicester’s representative on Saturday when he scored for Spalding’s reserves in a 3-2 defeat to Wittering in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough & District League.