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Jamie Vardy is a role model for all young fans

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is a real life success story.

From the lowly depths of non-league football to realisation of the Premier League dream, Vardy has come a long way in just a few seasons.

Following his potentially vital solo goal in Leicester's 3-2 win against West Brom last weekend, Vardy has been hailed as an authentic Roy of the Rovers type player, whose tenacious, never-say-die attitude is testament to the Foxes squad he is currently central to.

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Despite scoring just three goals this season, Vardy's assist record is excellent. With eight assists, the Sheffield born striker is beginning to prove his worth in England's top flight.

Released as a teenager from hometown club Sheffield Wednesday, Vardy made the move to Northern Premier League Division One South side Stocksbridge Park Steels.

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The Steels from the eighth tier of English football - under Gary Marrow's guider ship - nurtured Vardy to an impressive 66 goals in 106 appearances during three years at the club.

In June 2010, Vardy made the move to FC Halifax Town, where he spent just over a season at the club firing the Shaymen to the Northern Premier League title with 27 goals, eight of which in just three games.

Starting the 2011/2012 season with Halifax, Vardy scored three in the opening four games before making the step up to Conference Premier League side Fleetwood Town.

Under Micky Mellon, he struck a remarkable 34 goals in 42 appearances for the Cod Army inspiring them to the Conference title and League football for the first time in the club's history. Vardy was named player of the season.

After possibly being the best player to ever where the Fleetwood shirt, Leicester City, then of the Championship, signed Vardy for a reported fee of £1 million - a non-league record.

In his first season with the Foxes, he suffered a dramatic loss in form and was criticised widely by fans and local media. It was this period which formed the greatest alliance of Vardy's professional career.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson convinced him to continue with the club after considering quitting football for good. In the following 2013/14 season, Vardy netted 16 times for the East Midlanders and became one of the club's most prolific strikers in the process.

In an inspiring display against local rivals Derby County, Vardy led Leicester to a 4-1 win at the King Power Stadium and in a season which saw the Foxes storm to the league title was voted Leicester's players' player of the season.

In a year which has not been blessed with goals for the Englishman, Vardy has led Leicester's fight for survival from a supporting role.

In a man of the match performance against giants Manchester United in September, he struck once and assisted four in Leicester's 5-3 comeback win to arrive on the main stage.

In a career spanning a host of set-backs, Vardy has battled back from each and every one of them with twice as much desire, spirit and guile, gaining an extra yard of pace each time has never made him as dangerous as he stands to date.

His spectacular injury-time winner at the Hawthorns a week ago could spark Vardy into taking the forefront in Leicester's battle for survival.

If he does, he will surely go down in Leicester folklore for years to come as the man who went from the lowest depths of English football, to a local, perhaps national hero along the way.

Being good enough for England is perhaps marginally beyond him, but Vardy can be proud of what he has achieved to date, and no doubt he will continue to strive on improvements in his game to become the best he can be.

As a role model to children everywhere, Vardy is right up there with the best of them and his message is clear: never give up on your dreams.

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