Bletchley youngster dreaming of professional football deal

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Talented footballer Orlando Joao is a step closer to winning a professional contract with Leyton Orient, Swindon Town or Wycombe Wanderers.

Left-back Orlando, 19, is one of 88 players who have progressed to the semi-final stage of Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract competition, which attracted a record number 5,700 entrants.

The Bletchley youngster impressed the scouts at his regional trial at Birmingham Star City Goals Soccer Centre in November.

“This is a huge opportunity that I will not take for granted. I am ready to work hard to win a pro contract,” he said.

“I want this pro contract so much and I’m now closer to making my dream come true.”