The EFL’s annual awards ceremony takes place in London on Sunday night and Dale’s Matty Gillam will be in attendance.
The 18-year-old second year scholar has been shortlisted for the LFE League One Apprentice of the Year Award, with the winner set to be announced at event.
Gillam has told Dale PlayerHD that he's looking forward to the occasion: “I was really, really happy when I found out that I had been nominated but it also came as a bit of shock that I had made it down to the final three.
“This [to attend the event] is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to going down there and being in with a chance of winning it.
“It should be a really good night, so I’m going to savour it and hope for the best.“
Gillam has impressed for Dale’s Youth Team this season, netting 19 goals so far. He trains regularly with the first team and has made one appearance for Keith Hill’s side this term, with his debut coming away at Hartlepool in the Checkatrade Trophy. It was a memorable game for the teenager, who scored in the 2-1 win. In addition, he has also been named on the first team bench on four occasions.
Keith Hill commented: “It’s great to see one of our players getting that type of recognition. Gilly has had a good season and he’s integrating with the first team.
“He should get an enormous amount of credit for being a stand out player for us, and he deserves the nomination. He’s had a marvellous season for the youth team and he hasn’t looked out of place in the first team squad.
“To be nominated for this award is justified because of what we’re doing at the football club.”
Scunthorpe United’s Lewis Butroid and Callum Cockerill-Mollett from Walsall have also been nominated.
We wish Matty the very best of luck!