Ossett Town have, we believe, a star in the making in 17 year old Charlie Freeman.
Having hit the net nine times for the clubs u19s and reserve sides the striker has established himself in Grant Black’s first team squad, regularly making appearances from the bench as well as earning a couple of starts in the Integro League Cup and most recently last Monday at Brighouse in the West Riding County Cup.
Freeman says “I found out I was staring before the game on Monday in the dressing room when the gaffa read the team, obviously during the warm up my full attention and mind set was focused on the game and how I was going to have an impact. My mind set is the same week in week out, I always train and warm up in preparation to play, and it should be no different”.
As a kid Freeman played for his local side, Rothwell Juniors where he progressed from the u8s through to the u13s during which he had spells at Leeds United and York City. At u14 Charlie decided it was time for a change and moved to Durkar Juniors and that, Charlie says, is the club which helped him develop into a better player as the side competed in a more challenging league.
At 16 years old Freeman joined the under 19s, and so impressed was then Manager John Reed, the club looked to register the forward with the first team, but unfortunately his birthday fell after the registration deadline so he was not eligible to play.
Under John Francis, Freeman excelled in the u19s and Reserves and he certainly caught Francis’ eye “He's very likeable character in the changing room, confident and polite chap, Charlie has bags of ability very aggressive determined, holds the ball really well as a striker, with a great will to achieve and a great eye for goal”.