Matlock Town have confirmed that 16-year-old Zak Brunt will start a trial with Leicester City tomorrow (February 8).

The teenager is the Derbyshire club’s youngest ever first team player, having made his debut in the Northern Premier League earlier this season.

His former Matlock teammate Max Bird has recently signed for Derby County and Brunt will be hoping that he can follow in Bird’s footsteps by securing a move to a Category One academy.

Justin Tellus, Matlock’s Development Manager, told the club website: “Zak is a special talent and has been superb within our academy system this season.

“He is an exceptional talent on the ball and we have worked closely with him on his off the ball game, which has improved significantly.

“I don’t doubt that Zac will go on to have a good career in football, and there will always be interest from various professional clubs surrounding such a talented young player.”

However, the former Derby County youngster – who has also played for Aston Villa, Manchester City and Atlético Madrid – could be stuck in limbo as compensation rules mean a professional club would have to pay £120,000 to Derby before they can sign Brunt.

“I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere at Derby,” Brunt told the BBC in November 2017. “Other clubs are interested but the fee is so big. For two years’ work, have I cost Derby County £120,000? Probably not.

“I think this could be the end of my career. I can’t go anywhere else apart from semi-professional – the highest level I can go – unless a professional team buys me out of this clause.”

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