Matt Ball Player Profile
Debut: Swindon Town (A, 0-3), 20/04/2013
A summer signing in 2012, young midfielder Matthew Ball was recruited by manager Gary Smith from Norwich City. With Stevenage looking towards youth to take them forward after a strong first season in League One, the signature of Ball was very much in keeping with how the club was approaching its future.
A Northern Ireland U19 international, Ball was unable to break into the Canaries first team during his solitary year as a professional at Carrow Road. He shone in the club’s academy side, and signed terms as it moved up the divisions. Once in the Premier League, the Canaries placed their faith in experience.
There was a brief spell on loan at Macclesfield Town for the defender, but it doesn’t appear as if any first team action was forthcoming. Arriving at Boro’ in summer 2012, Ball was presented with the chance to finally kickstart a career that showed plenty of promise.