FORMER St John Fisher High School pupil Robbie Johnson has signed a two-year scholarship with npower League Division One side Crewe Alexandra.
Johnson – a former Ashton Athletic starlet – will now play for Crewe’s renowned academy team under the watchful eye of Director of Football Dario Gradi.
A number of professional clubs had chased the young goalkeeper’s signature, but the opportunity for him to work at what is considered to be probably the best youth development club in the country, and being able to work under tutorship of coaches such as Gradi, persuaded Johnson that his future lay at the Cheshire club.
The chance to play opposition of the calibre of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea every week was an opportunity not to miss if Johnson wants to fulfil his footballing ambitions.
Johnson, a former member of the Wigan Athletic Centre of Excellence, was unfortunately released from the Premier League club back in October last year but when he was offered the opportunity to play for North West Counties Premier League side Athletic and their youth development teams, he jumped at the chance.
Under the management of Dave Powell (Under-17s Manager) and Tony McKenna (Under-18s Manager) in the Northwest Youth Alliance team, he continued to train and play at a high standard.
During his spell at Athletic he helped the club to two cup victories and a non-league youth title.