Danny-boy: Missing Manchester United Wonderkid Costing Imps Dear
When Manchester United agreed up to £136,000 with Preston North End for Danny Rowe at 12 football shuddered. The Imps then bagged the no 9 of our dreams in the summer only to see him sidelined just as our attempt to get back into the football League was gathering pace. Oh Danny Boy………….
Thankyou for reading Neil gentleman-Hobbs
Danny became the star of the Manchester United U13 side, scoring for fun in the FA Premier Academy League. Preston were not best pleased, of course, as they had developed him from the age of six only to lose him at 12, when United offered him a 4 year deal (lads can’t properly join the payroll until 16). It went to tribunal with staggered payments agreed. The payments were to be £8,000 up front, £8,000 if Daniel signed a scholarship, £20,000 when he turned pro and £100,000 after 10 first-team appearances. Preston had argued that he would have been worth a million if he had gone through their system and then been sold. It might have been the best option for a lad who was swamped at United despite the teenage promise.
Kendal Town took him on and after an impressive first half to the season he was sold to Fleetwood with Nathan Pond coming on loan the other way. Danny was sent out on loan to gain experience in the first half of the 2011/12 season, becoming the BSN player of the month in November, a month that saw him bang in 7 goals. Danny got 12 for the bloods in his short stay and caught Stockport’s eye hammering in another 8 including a brace against the Imps when County trounced us 4-0 in April 2012.
Danny spent last season on loan at Stockport and Barrow banging in 13 goals in all competitions, despite both sides suffering relegation. When he signed for Lincoln the excitement was on a par with the invention of sliced bread for the Imps starved of success and haunted by relegation themselves. It marked a new era with Danny-boy conjuring a beautiful hat-trick in pre-season and a glorious winner before injury struck to halt his and our optimistic rebirth. The clever youngster, still 23. also brings those around him into play, laying on some terrific opportunities he is as much a maker as a taker with either foot. He has clearly learned at the feet of the master even if Old Trafford may have been a stage too far fro the Red Devil turned Red Imp.
Alas this dashed ankle ligament injury has curtailed his performances since his triumphant unveiling at the time when our most accurate striker of the ball is most needed. With the rest either unable to hit a barn door or injured themselves the Imps went 4 hours without scoring despite creating the chances to win every game. Danny was forced to suffer in silence from the stands with further frustration due to bad swelling whenever he tries to do any running. It is such a shame as this lad has the class accuracy and goals in him we need. We could have done with him tomorrow in a Cup tie that could mean £20,000 to the Imps and the chance for more. That’s small beer to United but enough bread and butter to treble the Imps loan budget. Let us hope he is back in the next 2-3 weeks, because if he is the play-off dream could well be back on.
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|FULL NAME||Danny Lucas Rowe|
|DATE OF BIRTH||29 January 1990 (age 23)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Blackpool,|
|HEIGHT||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|WEIGHT||84Kg (13 st 2 lb)|
|POSITION: LW/AMC / CF|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
|1996–2008||Preston /Manchester United|
|2013||Stockport County (loan x 2)||22||(9)|