RYAN Law has become the latest young Pilgrim to join the professional ranks at Home Park - and join his dad on the Argyle pay-roll.
The 18 year-old left-back from Kingsteignton follows in the studmarks of fellow apprentices Michael Cooper, Harry Hodges and Cameron Sangster in becoming a first-year pro for 2018-19.
He could well find himself in the capable hands of his father, Gareth, who has joined the Argyle back-room team as a physiotherapist, a role he previously fulfilled at Torquay United until this summer.
After completing his graduation from the apprentice ranks, Ryan said: “It’s great; it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was 10. I think I started here when I was I was eight and this is the only club I’ve ever played for.
“I’m happy that I’m able to have this chance.”
Last season, Ryan was a solid and important member of the Under-18 squad’s outstanding FA Youth Cup run, taking on – and beating – Eastleigh, AFC Wimbledon, Manchester City and Burnley – before their run came to an end in the fifth round with a 3-1 loss to Fulham.
One of his most memorable achievements of last year was scoring a penalty in the shoot-out decider against Manchester City.
His form in those games saw him attract the attention of first-team manager Derek Adams, who invited him to train with the first team and included him in EFL match-day squads.
He said: “It’s been an experience, being on the bench. I was on the bench twice and it has been great to see how it is to be a pro.”
John James, our former Recruitment Officer, playing for local side Chelston Juniors FC, scouted Ryan.
He joined the Argyle Academy as an Under-9 in September 2008, attended Teign School in his home town, and has represented Torbay Schools at Under-14 and Under-15 level.
He played a number of games for the 2013-14 Milk Cup Squad that reached the semi-finals against Corinthians of Brazil and made three appearances for the Under-18s during the 2015-16 season’s successful South West Youth Alliance campaign. He also had his first taste of men’s football with a number of Carlsberg South West Peninsula games.