Rhys Dolan

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Rhys is another product of the esteemed Ilkeston Academy who signed his first professional contract with the club in September 2015.

After a string of superb performances with the Academy (including being a key player in Ilkeston's FA Youth Cup run through numerous qualifying rounds) he broke through to make his senior debut on the 24th October 2015 against Grantham, winning the man of the match award with an accomplished performance in a 2-1 win. The following week Rhys played again for the first team, away to Cambridge City, before returning to Academy duty as Ilkeston beat Burton Albion in the 1st round proper of the FA Youth Cup. Rhys starred again in the 2nd round as Ilkeston secured another Football League scalp - comfortably beating Shrewsbury 4-1. Whilst Ilkeston would bow out in the next round against Premier League Newcastle, in losing only 3-2 they showed how good they are, and Rhys was awarded the man of the match for the Robins.

Still aged only 17, Rhys has a bright future ahead of him, and it was inevitable that a professional club would acquire his services before too long. On the 29th December 2015 Rhys completed a transfer to League One club Barnsley, putting pen to paper on a two and a half year deal.

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