PRESTWICH student Matthew Humphries could be one to watch in the future after being named Bury Schoolboy Footballer of the Year.

The 16-year-old Parrenthorn High School pupil is the latest winner of the Wilf Ainscow “Ranger” Trophy, which is awarded by the Rotary Club of Bury.

Matthew, of Bannerman Avenue, was chosen by the Bury Metro Schools Football Association and follows in the footsteps of some prestigious winners – including Tommy Toth, who won it twice and went on to play for Bury.

Matthew has captained his school team since starting at Parrenthorn and led them to success in this year’s Bury Schools Cup final, when they beat St Monica’s 3-2.

PhiI Emmott, secretary of the Rotary Club of Bury, said: “I cannot envisage a more worthy recipient of this trophy.

“Over his five years as captain he has shown excellent leadership skills and an ability to inspire those around him. He has gained respect from both his team-mates and teachers.”