Duo are living the dream
Two talented amateur footballers are one step closer to winning a professional contract with League One Swindon Town or Leyton Orient.
Left-back Joe Hopewell, 18, from Leicester, and midfielder Ashley Way, 20, from East Leake, are two of 88 players remaining after impressing scouts at the regional trials.
More than 5,000 players from all over the country entered Samsung's Win A Pro Contract competition – and the lads are through to the quarter-final stage.
The pair will now play in an 11-a-side match at Hyde FC on Sunday as they battle it out to be among the 11 players selected for the final trial next month.
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Way said he was shocked when he found out he had got through to the next stage of the competition.
"I've been doing a lot of running to improve my fitness levels," he said. "I hope I can impress the coaches.
"It would mean a lot to win a professional contract. I'm determined to show my ability and prove I've got what it takes."
Last year, Chris Smith was the last man standing from more than 5,000 budding players.
He signed a professional contract with Paolo di Canio's Swindon and made his first-team debut against Bradford in the final game of last season.