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26 June 2015

LOUIS Rooney and Callum Hall have completed their graduation into the senior ranks at Argyle.

The teenagers, apprentices last season, have signed professional contracts at Home Park and will join new manager Derek Adams’ first-team squad when pre-season training begins next month.

Forward Louis comes from Torpoint and attended Torpoint Community College. Las season, he was awarded the prestigious Richard Phillips Trophy after a superb campaign in which his ability, sportsmanship, work-rate, dedication and improvement were considered to be the best by the club’s youth management. 

He joined Argyle as a nine-year-old, and has recently been part of the Argyle under-18 team that won the Football League Youth Alliance Merit League One. It was a campaign in which Argyle were unbeaten, winning eight and drawing three.

He first joined Argyle as a nine-year-old and played for south-east Cornwall schools representative teams at both primary and secondary levels. 

He made his debut for the Pilgrims’ Under-18s in the Football League Youth Alliance as a schoolboy and was also a member of the club’s Northern Ireland Milk Cup 2011 squad. 

He has also broken into the international scene, making his debut for the Northern Ireland Under-19s against Switzerland in March last year.

Midfielder Callum, from Plympton, graduated from the Development Centre run by coach Dan Cole based at Stoke Damerel Community School into Argyle’s Centre of Excellence ranks five years ago. 

The son of veteran local athlete Stuart Hall, who represented England in the marathon at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, Callum is also a gifted athlete. 

He was part of Argyle’s 2011 Milk Cup squad and had an early taste of playing at Home Park whilst still a schoolboy when he was a second-half substitute in the Greens’ 3-0 FA Youth Cup win over Exeter City. He was top scorer in the successful Heles school team which reached the semi-final of the English Schools National Championship.

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