Sheffield Wednesday run the eye over Worksop’s Tom Elliott, as other pro clubs hover

Tom Elliott of Worksop Town
Tom Elliott of Worksop Town
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Worksop Town star Tom Elliott could be in line for a move to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

The 20-year-old central midfielder played for the Owls Under 21s in a behind-closed-doors game last week, scoring for the Hillsborough side.

And while the Carlton-in-Lindrick youngster has been training with Wednesday, Tigers boss Mark Shaw says several other professional clubs have been keeping tabs on him.

Shaw told the Guardian: “Tom has attracted the attention of professional clubs, and has been training at Sheffield Wednesday.

“He played for them last week, scored a fantastic goal and did very, very well in the game.

“We’ve given Wednesday the opportunity to look at him over the next two weeks, as long as it doesn’t hinder what we’re trying to do.”

Elliott, who is on contract with NCEL Premier side Worksop, came to the fore last season with some impressive displays in the middle of the park.

A former Tigers Under 19s player, he walked away from the club’s end of season presentation with an armful of awards, picking up the President’s Trophy, Supporters’ Home Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Webmaster’s Player of the Year and Tiger Talk Player of the Year trophies.

In 47 appearances he hit the net 14 times.

Shaw is delighted that the player’s development has been noticed by professional clubs.

“Five or six clubs are looking at him,” he told the Guardian.

“He’s been fantastic, last year was his first full senior season, and he’s gone from the boy handing out the pasta on the bus to an integral part of the midfield.

“Tom has a lot of ability, a good head on his shoulders and he’s proving that if you work hard enough, and have enough desire, you get opportunities.

“This is good for Tom and it’s good for us, because he’s getting full-time training, and it’s very early days, but if it was to happen, it would all depend on what deal there was – I think he’s earned it.”

If Elliott was to get a move into the professional ranks he would follow in the footsteps of Ben Tomlinson, Craig Clay and Jack Muldoon who have all departed Tigers for pro clubs in recent years.

Wednesday’s first team squad already contains a Worksop lad, Liam Palmer, who came through the youth ranks at Hillsborough.