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29 January 2018

Under 18 defender Adam Long shortlisted for Sportsman of the Year award.

  • Wigan Athletic defender Adam Long shortlisted for Isle of Man Sportsman of the Year award.
  • 17-year-old Long nominated in the Under 21 category.
  • Former St George's FC player has appeared twice for the first team in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Young defender Adam Long has been shortlisted for the Isle of Man Under 21 Sportsman of the Year for 2017.

The 17-year-old, who joined Latics as a first-year apprentice in 2017, has featured 12 times for the club's successful Under 18 side so far this season, and at just 16-years-old made his first team debut in a 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Checkatrade Trophy back in August.

Long, who previously played for his local Isle of Man club St. George's FC, joins a list of talented up and coming athletes from Douglas and the surrounding areas, including Celtic and Scotland international defender Kieran Tierney.

Speaking for an interview in this weekend's match day programme against Gillingham, Long said he was surprised, but humbled by his nomination:

"I was very surprised. I’ve heard of the award and it’s prestigious on the Isle of Man, but it never crossed my mind that I’d be nominated.

"I didn’t think my progress at the club would be noticed to that extent. All of my friends and family back home and the lads I played football with knew about me being at Wigan Athletic, but I didn’t think anything would come of the attention back home. It was a shock but it felt really good to find out.

"Kieran (Tierney) has been nominated for both awards, the Under 21 and senior Sportsman of the Year. It feels good to be considered in the same bracket as him. He’s doing so well with Celtic and for the Scotland national team, so for someone like me who’s from the same place as him, it helps me to aspire towards something.

"There are other sports such as cycling, gymnastics, swimming and athletics in my category, which shows there’s good sporting talent coming from the Isle of Man, not just in football, but across the board."

Wigan Athletic's Head of Academy, Gregor Rioch, also spoke of Adam's achievement, adding:

“This is a fantastic indication of the hard work and dedication Adam has shown since he joined the academy last year.

“Adam is one of a number of players from the academy to be recognised for their achievements on and off the pitch, including a number of our players who have received international call-ups and first team appearances this season.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 1 March.

Below is Adam's category in full.

Thomas Bostock (cycling)
Matthew Bostock (cycling)
Ben Grainger (swimming)
Joe Harris (athletics)
Nick Harvey (gymnastics)
Adam Long (football)
Kieran Tierney (football)

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