From school playing fields to English football’s second most expensive teenager.
Phil Jones, from Clayton-le-Woods, has come a long way in a short space of time since he attended Balshaw’s High School, in Leyland,
The 19-year-old offficially signed for Manchester United from Blackburn Rovers for a record £16.5m on Monday – although the figure could eventually rise to £20m.
Only Wayne Rooney has cost more as a teenager than the former Leyland schoolboy.
Friends say he regularly kicks a ball around the park with his mates, despite winning rave reviews for his performances against the likes of Didier Drogba.
His down-to-earth approach comes as no surprise to his former tutor Caroline Molyneaux, who has opened up her photo album to show Phil through the ages.
For the full story, see this week’s Guardian.