FOOTBALL: Cooper selects his latest Samsung Win A Pro contract recruit

Samsung winner Josue Antonio with Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

Samsung winner Josue Antonio with Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

First published in Sport

TALENTED amateur footballer Josue Antonio will sign a one-year professional contract with Swindon Town FC after winning the Samsung Win A Pro Contract competition.

Defender Josue, 18, from Mitcham, beat more than 5,700 entrants to win the life-changing dream contract with the League One club.

The defender made it through a series of regional trials and assessment days, before competing in an 11-a-side final at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on March 2.

Following the final, Josue was one of two players selected by Swindon manager Mark Cooper to spend a few days of intense boot-camp training with the first-team squad.

Josue, who currently plays with local side Staines Town FC, was then picked after impressing Cooper and the Swindon coaching staff.

Josue said: “It feels great to have won a professional contract, when I entered I never thought I’d get this far.

“If I play my best this year I might be able to go on to do big things and get an extended contract for the club – that’s my aim.”

Josue will now look to join up with the Swindon squad in the next few months, before signing his professional contract in June.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper said: “I chose Josue as the winner because he is an extremely athletic young man with great physical stature for his age.”

“He has a lot of potential for development and I am looking forward to working with him."

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