Cameron Painter lands Grimsby contract

A TEENAGE footballer form Hartlepool is celebrating after landing a contract with Grimsby Town.


A TEENAGE footballer form Hartlepool is celebrating after landing a contract with Grimsby Town.

The Football League club has handed Cameron Painter, a student at Dyke House College, a two-year scholarship.

Painter will now start pre-season training with the League Two club in June, when he will be preparing to head on a summer trip to Amsterdam with his team-mates.

“I can’t wait to get started full-time, it’ what I have always wanted since I started to play football when I was nine,” said Painter, who is now studying for his GCSEs.

“It feels so good to have it all sorted. I was under pressure at first when I was going there training, getting to know everyone and trying to impress.

“Now that I have got this scholarship, I will be working hard and hopefully get a pro contract at 17, that’s what they have told me I should be looking to do.”

Painter was at Grimsby’s Blundell Park to sign his contract and pose with the club’s black and white shirt.

He has made the most of the opportunity at Town after previously having outings with Sunderland, Leicester, Middlesbrough and Blackburn, but it is Grimsby who have offered the scholarship terms.

“I was spotted playing for Stockton Town as a centre-midfielder by an agency which has helped me to find a club,” said the former West Park Primary pupil.

“I played two games in October for Grimsby after they had watched me once, I’ve had matches after then for them but it is only now I have signed. I have been going down on Saturdays to play for the youth team and really enjoy it.”

Painter signed off his school football in style by helping Dyke House’s Year 11s to Cleveland Green Howards’ County Cup at Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park training ground.

He has been a scholar on the College’s Elite Development Squad scholarship programme, during which time the team has won the Hartlepool Schools’ FA Cup a number of times too.

“It’s been good at Dyke House, I’ve enjoyed it,” said Painter, who was first introduced to football by his Dyke House team-mate Kian Waggott.

“We have won pretty much everything in terms of the cups, including the County Cup more than once. It was a nice way to finish. Hopefully I can do well in my exams too.”