Richmond youngster comes back from serious injury to sign for York City

A teenage footballer has returned from serious injury to sign for York City FC.

Lincon Newall, 15, from Richmond, has signed a two-year full-time scholarship at the professional club.

It comes two years after the SFX pupil suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Sunderland AFC.

Lincon ruptured an ACL ligament and it was feared he may not be able to play at a high level again.

However, dad Warren said his son has worked “incredibly hard” to recover from the injury and get back to full fitness.

“I couldn’t be any prouder as a father to see how Lincon has overcome this catastrophic setback.

“The recovery process was tough; there were tears, setbacks and challenges, but I never doubted his commitment at any point during the rehabilitation process.

“There are so many people that have helped Lincon throughout his recovery. Friends, family and the wider network of superb sports rehabilitation professionals and coaches that have all helped guide his recovery.

“Andy at Atkinson Physiotherapy and Lee at PROformance Athlete Development did so much for Lynx during the crucial rehabilitation period, followed by Kris at Prima Player Academy and of course Ian Taylor in the subsequent footballing rehab period.

“Without their help, and the help of others who know who they are, Lynx would not be where he is today.”

Lincon returned from injury in time to be selected for North Yorkshire U16s where he was made captain.

After his return, Lincon joined Boro Rangers before joining York City, where he initially played for the U16s and then turned out for the club’s U18s, despite still only being 15, which has led to him being offered the full-time scholarship.

“Hard work, determination, dedication and most importantly the love for the game got him to this point,” added dad Warren.