Debut heralds Daventry teen’s footballing ambition

Coventry City's Ryan Haynes making his debut against Brentford.
Coventry City's Ryan Haynes making his debut against Brentford.
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A Daventry teenager has fulfilled a lifelong ambition after making his professional football debut.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Haynes made his first start for Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday by playing left back in the Sky Blues’ 1-1 draw with Brentford.

He has progressed through the academy since the age of 8 and was delighted to play the full 90 minutes with the League One side.

Former William Parker student, Ryan, said: “I really enjoyed it and it was a great experience to get out on the pitch. I was told a few days before that I would be starting the game so I had plenty of time to get myself ready for it.

“I was quite pleased with my performance. There were a few little things that I could have done differently but everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them.”

Ryan is now working on further developing his talents.

He added: “It has been really encouraging as the manager has been wanting to give the youngsters a chance.

“It would be nice to get some more games but the first choice left back has just come back from injury.

“At the moment, all I want to do is play football, it’s all I have ever wanted to do so I’m just happy to have made my debut.

“A big thank you to my mum and dad and to everyone at the academy, I wouldn’t have been here without them.”

His mum, Debbie, said: “We are really proud of him. We had a text to say he was going to start so we hadsome time to get excited and nervous for him.

“Both Bryan (Ryan’s dad) and I were able to get to the game and cheer him on. It was an amazing feeling .

“The academy at Coventry has been fantastic in helping him and it has been really positive. He has wanted to be a professional footballer for a long time and we are all delighted for him.”