RYLANDS have made forward Kane Drummond the first contracted player in their 109-year history.

The 18-year-old has been in superb form in his first season at Gorsey Lane, scoring 10 goals and winning the North West Counties League Premier Division’s player of the month award for December.

With several higher-ranked clubs said to be interested in his services, Blues have moved to tie Drummond to the club.

“I’m really, really happy,” the former Liverpool academy player said.

“It’s a big step for me and the club and I’m looking forward to it.

“I love playing football for Rylands and I'm incredibly proud to become the first contracted player in the club's long history."

Manager Dave McNabb continued: "It’s a big day for the club and I’m really proud to be part of it.

“Ultimately, this is about Kane Drummond and I’m absolutely delighted for him.

“Kane deserves this for his performances on the pitch and what he brings to the dressing room.

“He’s a fantastic footballer and an even better lad.”