Notts County's Nathan Fox has become the first youth team player to appear for the senior side since the re-launch of the club's Centre of Excellence.

The 17-year old winger came off the bench against Darlington in his side's 4-0 win at Meadow Lane.

County were forced to close their Centre of Excellence in May 2006, despite producing the likes of Jermaine Pennant, Michael Johnson and Mark Draper.

However the Board re-opened the Centre in December 2007, and confirmed the return of youth teams and the scholarship programme.

And fans are now seeing the plan bear fruit.

Fox has been a regular starter in the Under-18 side this season, but revealed he was still shocked to get the call up.

He said: "I got told after training and couldn't believe it.

"I was excited and a bit nervous - I didn't expect to get on the pitch.

"But it was great and I was really happy to get on. It was surreal - the fans were even chanting my name.

He added: "It's still a shock to the system but I've got to continue what I've been doing and put everything into it."

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