Midfielder Kyle Dixon hopes to live every young Notts County fans’ dream after being rewarded with a six-month professional contract.
The 18-year-old former youth team captain, nicknamed ‘Scholesy’ due to his likeness to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, is a lifelong Magpies’ supporter.
Having spent two seasons as a key performer in the under-18s, the 2012.13 Youth Team Player’s Player of the Year winner is now up for the challenge of making a name for himself in the black and white stripes.
Dixon has been a regular in the gym at Meadow Lane during the summer and is determined to do everything possible to earn a longer deal and make his family proud.
“It’s surreal signing for the club that I watched when I was younger and it’s good to sign my first pro deal," he told Magpie Player.
“I’ve been a fan for a long, long time, as my dad started bringing me when I was able to walk.
“About 90 per cent of my family are Notts County fans and it’s amazing for me to be given this opportunity to prove what they want on the pitch.
“It was amazing when I came on in the JPT last year because I wasn’t expecting that at all and hopefully this season I’ll get more opportunities.
“I’ve got to work hard in pre-season and hopefully I’ll give myself a chance."
He continued: “The six months shows that they’ve given me a chance and even if they’d given me a week I would have taken it and put my all into it.
“I just wanted a chance to prove what kind of player I am and what I’m about.
“When I see the likes of Haydn [Hollis], Greg [Tempest], Jake [Wholey] and Curtis [Thompson], Fabian [Spiess] getting a chance, it makes me think ‘why can’t I get a chance like that?’
“Hopefully I can hit the ground running and play well and show the fans and my family and everyone that’s watching what I can do.
“I want to try to extend my contract and become what they call ‘a Notts County hero’ – that would be my dream.”
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