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Deveronvale sign Aberchirder boy Ben Allan who was on a USA scholarship at King University, Bristol, Tennessee and played in Nation Premier Soccer League for Rochester Lancers

By Craig Christie

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AFTER six years in America, Ben Allan is back in Banffshire and looking to make his mark in the Highland League with Deveronvale.

Ben Allan.
Ben Allan.

The 24-year-old, from Aberchirder, has been signed by Vale on a two year contract extension.

Allan had penned a short-term deal with the Banff club last year after returning from USA, and impressing in trials.

Vale manager Craig Stewart said on the club's Facebook: “I have been impressed with Ben since he signed.

"Although he has had limited game time, both last and this season, his commitment to training has been first class and he will get his chance to show just what he can contribute once SHFL football restarts.”

Allan was on Vale's books at under-18 level and had a spell at Turriff United before embarking on his American adventure.

He took up a scholarship at King University in Bristol, Tennessee in 2014 where he spent four years and featured for their Tornado soccer team at Division II college level.

His performances earned a trial at National Premier Soccer League side Rochester Lancers in New York state and he was signed, playing in their reserve team before stepping up to first team level in the fourth tier of the US pyramid system.

His parents Martin and Amanda founded the Deveronvale Girls football team, with his dad on the books of Aberdeen during Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial era.

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