Wendron United goalkeeper Dan Stedman has agreed to join Truro City.

Stedman will remain at the Underlane to continue his development in the South West Peninsula League Premier this coming season, but will train with the White Tigers and act as an understudy for their first-choice 'keeper.

The 18-year-old will hope to eventually make the three-division jump from the SWPL Premier to the Southern League Premier Division South, in which the White Tigers will compete in the 2019/20 season after being relegated from the National League South last term.

Stedman has come through the club's impressive youth system and has been the first-team's first-choice 'keeper throughout last season's SWPL Division 1 West campaign, which saw the club record their highest-ever league finish.

Wendron boss Jack Greenwood said: “Danny spoke to them about it a couple of weeks ago and he's explained that he's got a lot of faith in them and that he's not moving now, it's something for the future. They want to help develop him and and help him progress by him training there, and I think he's going to do the odd friendly with them and obviously if he's signed for them and they need a goalkeeper then he's eligible to play and we're not going to stand in his way.

"It's a huge achievement and something he should be proud of because Truro are the biggest club in the county, playing in the highest league of any team in the county so it's a great opportunity for him and we're all very pleased."

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Stedman is the latest in a long line of rising stars to come through Wendron's youth set-up, with fellow Underlane graduates Cameron Wheat, Lucas Potts, Yeshe Briar and Jack Burtenshaw all currently involved in the club's first-team.

"It's perfectly scripted," Greenwood said. "He's been at Wendron since he was a young kid and his dad's been involved in managing that youth team all the way through and they're a very successful youth team. Four or five of those lads have gone on to play first-team football and are still regular fixtures in the first and second team at Wendron.

"We're really proud of that and we're really proud of Danny and the fact that he's not just been with us for a year or two, he's actually been with us for probably over a decade, is a huge compliment to him and a huge compliment to the club as well."

Greenwood also confirmed the departure of centre-back Sam Humphries, who has left the club for personal reasons.

"We've lost Sam Humphries who was superb for us last year and it's just purely a case of geography," he said. "Sam is down at Culdrose during the week but he's got a girlfriend and a young daughter where he lives up in Saltash. I think he was struggling with being down here during the week, going back Friday night and then ultimately driving five minutes away from work to Wendron on a Saturday.

"He's going to be a big miss but we've got plans to cover that and we've got players in the squad already that are more than capable so we're not unduly worried, but Sam was a big character and well liked by the players."

Wendron have also announced that first-team coach Andrew Ayre has left the club, while reserve team co-manager Andrew Mitchell has stepped down from his role to take up a senior committee position at the club, leaving Josh McDonald in sole charge for the new season.

The club has also announced their first-team's pre-season friendly line-up, which is as follows:

Wednesday, June 26: Wendron United Reserves (h)

Saturday, July 13: Penryn Athletic (a)

Wednesday, July 24: Perranwell (h)

Saturday, July 27: Hayle (a)

Wednesday, July 31: Illogan RBL (a)

Saturday, August 3: Ivybridge Town (h)