Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Railwayman to the Riverside

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Railwayman to the Riverside

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Byline: ADAM STEEL adam.steel@trinitymirror.com @ADAMSTEELGAZ

LEWIS Wing's sizzling performances for Shildon this season have earned him rave reviews and a summer move to Middlesbrough Under-23s.

A relative of former Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele, the attacking midfielder has signed a pre-contract agreement with Boro after tearing it up for the Railwaymen in the Northern League first division.

Wing caught Boro's eye with a series of stellar displays this term and his 24 league goals - including a stunning individual effort against Penrith last month - make him one of the league's top marksmen.

We spoke to three non-league managers who know Wing well.

And the trio give him every chance of making an impression in fulltime football at Boro with the benefit of daily training at Rockliffe Park.

Spennymoor boss and former Hartlepool United midfielder Jason Ainsley was on the verge of signing Wing for the Evostik Northern Premier League club before he opted to join Boro.

Jason The FA Vase-winning manager, from Stockton, says Moors' loss is Boro's gain.

"I speak to Lewis on a regular basis and have known him for a long time, going back to Sunday football when Hetton Lyons were winning everything and he had wavy hair playing for Aycliffe," he said.

"You could see even then that he had something, and he had been desperate to come to us.

"We were all ready to dot the i's and cross the t's but I was a month too late - Middlesbrough came in for him and fair play to him.

"He is a lovely lad and I think he needed to move up because his performances this year have gone to another level.

"He has had a real purple patch and has scored all types of goals - dribbling past people, scoring free-kicks and long range shots.

"You can't do that if you don't have ability."

Ainsley said that while Wing may not be the quickest player in the world, his technical ability and eye for goal make him a valuable asset.

"I would maybe question whether he has got a bit of pace, but as far as everything else he ticks a lot of boxes," he added.

"He is a great midfield ball player and very, very creative. …

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