Young footballer gets new work goal
Tuesday 07 April 1998
A former schoolboy international, Jamie left school at 16 and drifted into a twilight world, collecting a jail sentence for drugs and motoring offences.
Now fit and reformed, he has been signed on by Merthyr Tydfil FC, which heads the Dr Martens League. He will collect pounds 80 a week - pounds 60 of which comes from the Windfall Tax - to train with a squad managed by Colin Addison, one-time manager of Atletico Madrid. "Jamie will be with us for six months and we're looking forward to seeing him develop," Mr Addison said.
Peter Hain, Welsh Office industry minister, was on hand for a kickabout with Jamie, who declared: "I just love the game. This is a real chance for me. It's something I've always dreamed about." A crowd of supporters and young people from across South Wales gathered at the club's ground for the big event.
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