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Notts County sign Manchester City youngster Will Patching

Joe Jones

Notts County have announced the signing of Manchester City academy midfielder Will Patching once his contract at the Etihad expires on July 1.

The 19-year-old, who has been with the Premier League champions since the under-six age group, has agreed a two-year deal at Meadow Lane.

“I’ve never had an experience like this before,” Patching told the official Notts site. “I’m looking forward to it.

“I love having the ball at my feet and I can chip in with assists and like scoring goals, but I can play in a deeper holding position as well. I enjoy set pieces, too. I do a lot of work on them so hopefully I can score a few here.

“I can’t wait to work under Kevin Nolan. He’s got good attributes as a manager and he played in my position, so he can help me with a lot of things I need to work on. Hopefully I can go on to have a career like his.”

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Seems a decent prospect and, useful signing - one who may grow as he gains more playing time. I hope he can force his way into the squad and become someone our own academy players can look up to.

Need to strengthen the defence up now.

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