A YOUNG Llandudno footballer is to represent Wales and Liverpool at under-16 level this month at a pair of exciting tournaments.

Joe Belmont, is playing a year above his age group for both club and country, with the Ysgol John Bright student having gained a reputation as a prolific finisher.

Joe will be part of a Wales under-16s side taking on Brazil, Turkey and Spain in Denbigh, Wrexham and Flint in a UEFA Development Tournament between April 9 and 14.

He will then return two days early from international duty to fly out with Liverpool under-16s to compete in the MICFootball, a youth tournament in southern Spain that also includes Barcelona, Valencia, Espanyol and many more big names.

It follows his national success for Wales in October, when he scored for his country’s under-16s side in the Victory Shield in Belfast to secure a 2-1 win against Ireland.


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Joe’s dad, Stephen, said: “He’s been with Liverpool for the last five years. He plays above his age with the under-16s in this tournament; he’s top scorer for his age group. He’s bang in form!

“Not many actually make it and do that well at that level. (He’s worked) extremely hard; we’re there (at Liverpool) four or five times a week.

“He does his school work, plus about 30 hours a week at Liverpool on top. He’s up from seven in the morning until nine at night.

“He’s doing so well and is so well thought-of.”