The rise of Jamie Vardy from non-league to Premier League has been nothing short of spectacular – raising the question: ‘Who is the next Jamie Vardy?’
Well, here at Rush Football we’ve decided to take a look at two players currently playing in non-league who deserve the chance to play at a higher level – watch this space…
Currently playing for AFC Emley in the Northern Counties East Football League division one, nine leagues below the Premier League, Ashley Flynn’s goal scoring record is staggering to say the least. After scoring 73 goals in 47 competitive games during the 2015/16 season, Flynn continued his excellent form in the most recent campaign, scoring 55 times in 50 appearances which includes five hat tricks. Like fellow Yorkshireman Jamie Vardy, Flynn started his career at Sheffield Wednesday before dropping into non-league playing for a host of clubs before ending up at Yorkshire based AFC Emley. Should he continue his formidable goal scoring form, it will only be a matter of time before he is picked up by a professional club.
Finishing the 2016/17 season as Vanarama National League North top goal scorer, it comes as no surprise that Danny Rowe is on a number of clubs radars. After starting his career at Preston, a move to Manchester United aged twelve saw him playing alongside the likes of Tom Cleverley and James Chester. Upon his release from United aged sixteen, he moved around a number of clubs including, at the time, non-league Fleetwood where he linked up with Vardy. A few more non-league clubs followed before his move to AFC Fylde where he hasn’t looked back. In the past three seasons he has scored a whopping 97 league goals helping the club to promotion to the Vanarama National League, the highest level of non-league football. With his consistent goal scoring form turning heads, we expect to see him playing at a higher level sooner rather than later.
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