Brothers United in their football ambitions

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Two footballing brothers are hoping to follow in the footsteps of their hero Edwin van der Sar by playing for Manchester United.

Seven-year-old Connor Eastham, who played last season in goal and midfield for Charnock Richard U7s, was scouted by Manchester United and asked to come and train at their academy in Preston.

His nine-year-old brother Jordan, also used to play for Charnock Richard until he signed a 12-month youth contract with the Red Devils.

He’ll be touring Europe with the U10s squad next season – playing against teams like Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan. Dad Mark Eastham, captain of Charnock Richard CC, is a keen sportsman himself and is overjoyed at seeing them progress.

He said: “About three months ago I suggested to the academy coach to try Jordan in goal. He went in, got scouted, and now he is training with them.

“Alan Fettis, the former Blackburn keeper and goalkeeping coach at the academy is coaching both of my lads andsaid Connor has the potential to be as good as Jordan.

“Connor can also play in midfield and this season I lost a bit of money because I gave Connor a pound every single time he scored, and he ended up getting around 15 to 20 goals this season.”

Both boys go to St Peter’s CE Primary School, on Eaves Lane.

Jordan is in year five and Connor is in year three, and both pupils are now training outside of school on different evenings at the academy.

“Connor is looking to follow in Jordan’s footsteps and aim for a contract himself with United,” Mark added.

“Jordan is going to Shrewsbury for a camp exercise. I play for Charnock Richard’s A team in the Preston District Premier League and have taken them along with me to the games, and they have always been into football.

“I suppose there’s a bit of a brotherly rivalry, but they also support each other, go and watch each other train and have a kick about.

“It’s a great thing that they are both training with Manchester United, they are also offered free tickets to watch the youth games and went to the youth cup final at Old Trafford

“I’m extremely proud. It’s just such an opportunity to get looked after and it’s what many kids dream about.

“They both pretty much want to learn as much as possible. If they played me at football now they would kick me all over the park.”

* Anyone interested in joining Charnock U10s next season should call Mark Eastham on 0787 2617269.