Aberdeen have signed two young strikers who were making an impact in England as highly rated teenagers.
Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes has secured Swindon Town’s Miles Storey and Bournemouth’s Jayden Stockley on pre-contracts.
Storey was just 17 when he made his top-team debut for Swindon in a League Two win over Southend in September 2011.
Stockley made the breakthrough even younger, at just 15.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe had to receive permission from Stockley’s school to field the club’s Centre of Excellence starlet against Northampton.
Although top of League Two at the time Howe had only 12 players available.
However, he needed permission from Lytchett Minster School for Stockley to miss an important maths lesson during his exam year.
Howe said: “I had to phone Jayden’s school to get permission to let him play.”
Stockley’s first senior goal came at 17 years old, netting a brace in a 4-1 JP Trophy win over Hereford.
He would play more than 20 times for the Cherries. However, as they rocketed up the divisions to the Premier, first-team action became limited and he was sent on loan to a number of clubs.
Storey’s first senior goal came at 18 in Swindon’s 4-0 win at Stevenage.
Days later he came off the bench to score a brace in three minutes in a League Cup tie against then top-flight Aston Villa to make it 2-2.
Villa grabbed a late winner but Storey had announced himself a hot talent.
That season he finished runner-up to £6m Manchester United-bound Nick Powell in the Football League Apprentice of the Year awards. He was also capped by England U19s in a 1-0 win over Finland.