A young Hartland footballer has been offered a contract at Exeter City’s Academy.

Jack Seedhouse, aged 11, plays for the Grecians’ under-12s team on Sundays and trains each week at their Cliff Hill training ground.

The Budehaven Community School student is set to fly out to Stockholm with Exeter during the Easter holidays to play against three top Swedish academy teams, and to train at the National Training Centre.

While with Exeter City, Jack has played against a number of top teams, including Crystal Palace, Reading, Plymouth and Bournemouth.

As a six-year-old, he was originally offered a place at Exeter City’s North Devon Advanced Development Centre, based in Barnstaple and managed by Dave Langford.

In 2015, aged nine, the then Woolsery Primary School pupil was offered a place at the Exeter Performance Centre, earning four trials with the academy.

Coach Niall Heeney said: “I’m really happy for Jack but its the least he deserves.

“The reason he has got to this stage is simple: excellent attitude and work ethic.

“Every training session, Jack is punctual, listens to feedback, and is a role model to the younger players at the centre in every aspect.”

Jack and his family thanked sponsors Colwills Garage in Hartland and Bude.

Exeter City runs two development centres in North Devon, one on a Monday night in Barnstaple and the other on a Friday night in Bideford. For any more information contact Niall Heeney on 07834 473712.