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UCLan student signs professional football contract

01 August 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Joe catches eye of conference club 

Pictured L-R: Steve Burr, Joe Lolley and Gary Whild

Photo credit: Matt Wall

A sports coaching student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been given a professional contract by football club Kidderminster Harriers.

Striker Joe Lolley has signed a one-year deal for the club. It comes only weeks after Joe returned from the World University and College Games with a silver medal after representing team GB in the 170 nation tournament that draws university teams from around the world.

Joe has played for the UCLan Men’s First Team and for Littleton FC near Redditch, where he scored 88 goals in 83 games, before being snapped up by the Conference side. The striker is a life-long Aston Villa fan and had ambitions to work as a football coach after university if his professional football dreams didn’t come true.

“It's brilliant to get a contract, something I have always have wanted and dreamed of so hopefully now I can just work hard and make sure I keep a future within the game.”

The 20-year-old commented: “It's brilliant to get a contract, something I have always have wanted and dreamed of so hopefully now I can just work hard and make sure I keep a future within the game.

“I hope it’s a long time before I hang my boots up but I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned at UCLan into my career after football by working towards my badges and becoming a coach in the future.”

The Kidderminster Harriers management team have been eyeing Joe’s progress for the last number of months and have swooped to land him on what will be his first professional contract.

“I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned at UCLan into my career after football by working towards my badges and becoming a coach in the future.”

Manager Steve Burr said: “We were excited when we watched him last season over at Loughborough when the English students played the Scottish students.”

“He is the type of player who just gets in to the right place at the right time and we have kept a good eye him. It is important we keep in perspective what we expect of him straight away but we feel there is quite an exciting talent here.”