CARRIE Jones has completed a dream move to Manchester United.

The Newtown teenager and Wales international will link up with the Red Devils' under 23 academy programme next season.

The move represents the latest chapter in the career of the former Llanfair Caereinion and Newtown High School student who began her footballing journey at Berriew Juniors.

Jones represented Cardiff City last season and now links up with the FA Women's Championship club.

Carrie said: "I am really excited to get started with Manchester United under 23s. It definitely feel like this is the right move.

"It is a great opportunity to play with a great club and also continue my education alongside.

"It's also a credit to my coaches along the way who's help and advice has been invaluable."

Proud parents Joyce and Andrew paid tribute to Carrie whose football career continues to flourish.

Joyce said: "We are really pleased for Carrie.

"As a family we feel that this is the right decision for her at the moment, especially as she has now finished high school.

"It is a credit to all her hard work."

Meanwhile Paul Inns, who coached the youngster at Berriew, backed Jones to maintain her strides in the professional game.

Inns said: "I’m delighted for Carrie. It’s a fantastic opportunity which will enable her to study sports coaching as well.

"I have no doubt Carrie has a fantastic career in football ahead of her.

"It just goes to demonstrate the quality of footballer that mid Wales is able to produce, even given the difficulties we face in this area."

Inns attributed the youngster's success to her talent and hard work which had been evident even in her junior years and hoped others would seek to emulate her.

"Her commitment, a desire to succeed and hard work mixed with real talent, will enable you to succeed - no matter where you are from.

"Carrie possesses those in abundance and thoroughly deserves the opportunities that have, and will, come her way."