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Airbus UK Broughton: Cassidy completes big move to Wolves

AIRBUS UK Broughton could be set for a huge cash windfall if teenage striker Jake Cassidy becomes a success at Wolves.

Craig Harrison picked up hotshot Cassidy for free from Llandudno Junction in the summer and after starring in reserve games against Everton and Wrexham, a host of other clubs scouts began taking a keen interest in the 17-year-old.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were the first to act however and after having him on trial for a fortnight Mick McCarthy decided to offer the player a two-year deal.

And as he was contracted to Airbus the clubs have agreed an undisclosed transfer fee for the youngster, believed to include a sell-on clause and bonus payments for appearances in the Barclays Premier League and at international level – which could reach six figures.

And he admitted it had been a whirlwind after he was plucked from the Airfield and dropped in Molineux.

“I had a good pre-season and then the interest started,” he said. “I went down for a week’s trial at first and now I am signing for Wolves.

“I wanted to progress and was pleased to go to Airbus as I was looking for a season in the Welsh Premier League.

“I was with my mum and dad when I got the call that Wolves wanted me on trial and I had to leave the next morning.

“I played for the academy against Coventry and didn’t get too much of the ball, but I enjoyed playing against Telford and scored a goal, it was just a shame I got blisters and had to come off.”

Former club Llandudno Junction wished Cassidy luck in his move on their club website yesterday

The sale of the youngster, who never played a competitive match for Craig Harrison’s side, has left a hole which the Wingmakers’ boss will need to fill.

But he said he was never going to stand in Cassidy’s way.

“Jake has done really well,” said Harrison. “He has a quiet confidence about him that will hold him in good stead as he progresses.

“I have been lucky enough to play in the Premier League and there is no better feeling that knowing that a club see you as an outstanding prospect. I can see that Jake has the right attitude to go on and create an excellent future for himself.”

Stewart Roberts, commercial director at the Airfield, added that Cassidy’s family, from Glan Conwy, had been consulted at every stage.

“We have kept Jake’s family informed every step of the way,” he said. “And everyone has been looked after by Wolverhampton Wanderers from the word go. It’s a great deal for everyone, Jake, the club , Wolves and Welsh football in general, as I am sure Jake Cassidy will become very well known over the coming years.”

Wolves CEO Jez Moxey paid credit to the scouts who brought Cassidy to their attention.

“We are always interested in signing good young players and Jake certainly fits into that category,” he said. “It’s credit to Steve Weaver, who has good contacts in the area. There were plenty of other Premier League clubs interested, but Jake immediately felt comfortable here at Wolves and we are delighted he has agreed to join us.”