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Stewart ready to make step up to first-team

TEENAGE defender Anthony Stewart is hoping to be the next Wycombe youth product to get a shot at first team action.

Anthony Stewart

TEENAGE defender Anthony Stewart is hoping to be the next Wycombe youth product to get a shot at first team action.

The 18-year-old earned a professional deal at Adams Park last month after starring as a goalscoring centre-back.

He was joined by fellow teens Kadeem Harris, Jesse Kewley-Graham and Josh Scowen in making the step up from the ever-impressive youth set-up at Wanderers.

The quartet helped the U18 side win the Youth Alliance Cup which Stewart lifted as captain after a penalty shoot-out win over Darlington on May 4.

But he remains the only one out of the four not to have featured on the first-team bench or to have notched first-team minutes.

Harris, 17, named League Two Apprentice of the Year, has played three times while Kewley-Graham, also 17, was an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Accrington in February.

Scowen, 18, made his debut in the 3-0 win at Morecambe on March 26 and came on as a substitute in the home win over Stockport a week later.

Stewart insists he is happy to see his friends get their chance and is confident his opportunity is just around the corner.

He told the Advertiser: "I am happy to see them get on the bench. Hopefully, I can work hard and then I can get my chance. I have to keep my head down and follow the other centre-halves at the club and learn from them and improve.

"I can't wait for the new season to start. I am absolutely buzzing. I have been here for three or four years and never seen a defender get a professional deal so I feel very lucky.

"I practise my heading in training and like to think I am a goalscoring defender. That is an important part of my game and I can't wait to train with some great players and improve."

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