Matheson named League One apprentice of the year

Wolves defender Luke Matheson has been named the LFE League One Apprentice of the Year at the 2020 EFL Awards due to his performances at boyhood club Rochdale during the past 12 months.

It was a whirlwind campaign for the Rochdale-born 17-year-old, who was playing his first full season for the Dale, featuring 23 times in all competitions and scoring twice, having made three EFL appearances in 2018/19.

After making his debut for his local team in the previous season’s EFL Trophy – becoming Rochdale’s youngest ever debutant and earning a man of the match award for his performance in his side’s 2-1 victory – Matheson shot to football stardom in September 2019.

The highly-rated defender impressed in the Carabao Cup, scoring an equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford to take the Red Devils to penalties.

Having been at Rochdale since he was eight, Matheson made the move to Molineux in January but re-joined his local side on loan for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

Thanks to his outstanding performances at Spotland either side of becoming a Wolves player, Matheson was named as the best young player in the third tier of English football by an independent judging panel.

Unfortunately, the gold and black star will not be picking up his award in the usual fashion as the 2020 EFL Awards ceremony was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.