LOUIS Rooney has been awarded the prestigious Richard Phillips Trophy for 2014-15, after a superb campaign which has also resulted in him being offered a professional contract.
This award and trophy is the gift of the family of an Argyle supporter, the late Richard Phillips, and is awarded each year to the player aged under 19 at the beginning of the season whose ability, sportsmanship, work-rate, dedication and improvement are considered to be the best by the club’s youth management.
Louis 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 has also broken on to the international scene, making his debut for the Northern Ireland under-19s against Switzerland in March last year.
18-year-old Louis lives across the river Tamar in Torpoint and attended Torpoint Community College. Louis 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.
Louis is pictured above with Richard Phillips' daughter Bev Pocock and her son Sam, as well as Aacdemy Manager Kevin Hodges.