Ex-’Stute starlet to sign for Premier League giants Spurs

Northern Ireland U19 international Aaron McEneff strutting his stuff for Tottenham HotspurNorthern Ireland U19 international Aaron McEneff strutting his stuff for Tottenham Hotspur
Northern Ireland U19 international Aaron McEneff strutting his stuff for Tottenham Hotspur
Former Institute man Aaron McEneff is on the verge of signing a one year deal with Premier League side Spurs.

The talented midfielder, who has been at White Hart Lane for the last few years, is expected to sign his first professional deal with the Londoners in the next few weeks.

McEneff, who has been training with Tottenham Hotspur’s first team a lot this season, was over the moon when he talked to Sentinel Sport.

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“This is what I have been working hard for, especially this season and I’m delighted to have been offered a professional deal with Spurs,” he stated.

“There were days when I was wondering was I getting anywhere, was I doing everything right but getting the deal makes all the crap days now worth while.”

The Northern Ireland U19 international also admits he hopes that current gaffer Tim Sherwood keeps his job and says the former Blackburn Rovers skipper has been the best manager he has worked under.

“Tim is a good manager and he knows the club inside out and to be honest I really hope he stays,” he added.

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“He’s the best manager I have ever worked with and I think he knows his stuff. I think he needs a bit of time to get things sorted and I hope he gets it. If he does get more time then hopefully he’ll continue to give more younger players a chance.”

The 19-year-old remains grounded despite earning a deal with Spurs and knows that he needs to keep working hard.

“Although I’m over the moon to be offered a deal, I think at the same time I need to keep my feet on the ground as I know that I still have a lot more work to do,” he added.

“I’m now looking to move onto a bigger platform, to either try and force my way into the first team or even go out on loan, but I know that individually I need to keep improving and doing well.

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“Going out on loan is something I wouldn’t mind, because if you look at someone like Andros Townsend who has been out on loan a lot of times and this year he has been unbelievable and became an England international, so there’s no harm going out on loan.

“It’s all about getting experience of first team football and hopefully next season I’ll get a solid place in the U21s, then build from that and maybe if I’m doing well then you never know what can happen. Then hopefully I can go out on loan and get that experience.”

The ex-Maiden City Academy and Don Bosco starlet completed his memorable week when he helped Spurs defeat North London rivals Arsenal Reserves 2-0, at White Hart Lane,

“We beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Friday night and it was unbelievable experience.

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“I was told about my contact last Thursday and they then told me that I might not be involved in the Arsenal game, but then I got a text saying that I was involved and then I came on.

“To come on at White Hart Lane and beat Arsenal 2-0 was some experience.”

With the season coming to an end McEneff is already looking ahead to next year’s campaign.

“I think we have four or five weeks off during the summer, but my plan is to take two weeks off go on holiday and then I’ll be back working hard and making sure I keep my fitness up and hopefully I’ll hit the ground running when I go back for pre-season training.”

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The teenager also keeps an eye on how his old club at Drumahoe are doing.

“I have watched a few of their highlights on Youtube and seen a few interviews on the Sentinel website and I still keep in contact with the likes of Darren McFadden and Sean Roddy and when I was back at

Christmas I was out at one of ’Stute’s games.

“Institute were good for my development and the boys other there helped me, like all the first team players and coaches and because of that I still look out for their results.

“I’m hoping they do get promotion because it would be great for the club,” concluded the teenager.