A teenage footballer from Daventry has been sponsored by a town firm for his first season playing professionally at a senior level for Coventry City.
Ryan Haynes, 18, made his first-team debut at the end of last season and has gone on to be involved again this season. He is now being personally sponsored by HWD Solutions, a Daventry-based family-run business supplying and installing catering equipment.
Ryan went to Ashby Fields Primary School and William Parker School and started his football career at Park Juniors (Long Buckby) Football Club.
Ryan was scouted by Chris Brown from Coventry City. He was offered his first contract in July 2004 and after eight years as an academy player he was given a two-year scholarship in 2012. In April 2013 he made his full first-team debut against Brentford.
This season he has played against Shrewsbury in the first team and all the reserve games, including ones as captain. Ryan signed a three-and-a-half year professional contract in November.
He said: “I’ve been very happy at the club and would love to stay with Coventry as it’s a club which makes you feel like you’re all one big family.”
Steve Waggott, development director of Coventry City, said: “Ryan has exemplified the type of development that we hope for from our young players. He’s a great lad with a great character, he’s very receptive to the way in which we are trying to mould him as a footballer and we’re looking forward to seeing him grow as a professional, both next season and in future years.”
Wayne Howard of HWD Solutions said: “It has been great to see Ryan develop himself into the first team this year and if he works hard then I’m sure he will be a great asset to the club and to the town of Daventry. As a small family run business we are very proud to have been his sponsor this season and wish him all the very best for the rest of his career.”