Brave young goalkeeper Daryl Allinson joins Yeovil

02 November 2016 06:53

Yeovil gave talented 13-year-old goalkeeper Daryl Allinson, who has battled to recover from a rare form of leukaemia, a day to remember after announcing the teenager as their latest signing.

Diagnosed with Leukaemia Atypical CML Monomonasomie 7 and GATA 2 in April 2015, the youngster underwent a bone marrow transplant from his brother Brad, but later suffered a relapse.

After funding for a second procedure on the NHS was turned down, Allinson's family sought to raise up to £100,000 for a private operation and on-going treatment.

With Daryl now recovering at home in Frome and able to return his focus to football, the Sky Bet League Two club looked to help raise awareness of the boy's condition and push the fundraising efforts along.

As part of the gesture, Yeovil announced his "official signing" on their website, which was followed by a live press conference alongside manager Darren Way on social media and then meeting the players in training.

Daryl joined in on drills with Glovers keepers Artur Krysiak and Jonny Maddison, while afterwards was presented with a special signed shirt from Way and his squad.

"Daryl is a fantastic role model for everyone and a shining example of what positivity and fortitude can achieve," Way said, later telling the youngster "you keep fighting and stay strong" as they posed for photographs at the end of the day.

Maddison added on his official Twitter account, @JonnyMaddison1: " Great to meet and train with Daryl today, great lad what an inspiration he is to everyone!"

Daryl, who is a Chelsea fan, shared his thanks to the club on social media. He wrote: "Had a great day training with you! Sorry about the ones I put in no hard feelings."

Source: PA