Striker to hit the screen

Luke James being interviewed by BBC reporter Andrew Hartley
Luke James being interviewed by BBC reporter Andrew Hartley
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A STAR striker is set to feature on TV tonight after defying his age to put in a string of stand-out displays.

Luke James was thrown into Hartlepool United’s first team earlier this season despite being just 17 – and has not looked back since.

And the hard-working forward is fitting his training and games around a sports diploma at East Durham College where he has classes two days a week.

The BBC has now interviewed the teenager from Amble, in Northumberland, at the Peterlee college for the latest edition of the weekly football magazine show Late Kick Off, which airs at 11.30pm tonight.

Luke has been with the npower League 1 club since he was 13 after he was spotted by a scout while playing for Cramlington Juniors in a North Tyneside tournament.

He broke into the Pools first team in December when he made his debut as a sub against Colchester United.

He scored his first goal in a 2-0 win over Rochdale with a spectacular volley from 25 yards out to seal the victory and followed that up by bagging a brace in a 4-0 win over Carlisle.

Hartlepool first-team coach Neale Cooper has praised the attitude of the teenager, saying: “He is a cracking lad, he listens, is easy to talk to and fits in well with the older players.”