Teen follows in dad's footsteps

Published: 13 Feb 2013 11:300 comments

MORTON have signed the son of a former player who turned out for the club in their last season in the Premier Division.

Forward David Verlaque made two starts and four substitute appearances as Ton were relegated from the top flight in 1987-88.

Twenty-five years later his boy, also David, has followed in his footsteps by signing on at Cappielow.

The 17-year-old defender, who is comfortable at right-back or centre-half, impressed reserve team boss David Hopkin in last month's friendly at Port Glasgow Juniors.

He has signed an amateur contract which will tie him to the Ton until the end of the season, in which time he will feature for the club's second string.

Hopkin told the Tele: "David came to us as a trialist and has impressed in training and in a friendly against Port Juniors.

"He's an aggressive, strong presence at the back - a captain figure - and has initially signed with us until the end of the season on a part-time basis.

"That will give him the opportunity to come in, catch the eye and try to earn another deal for next year."

Verlaque is a product of the Queen's Park youth system. He attracted the attention of English clubs last season and starred for the Spiders' under-19 side as they lifted the league this term.

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