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Former dancer Lucas Akins hoping to shine on Burton Albion's big stage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

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LUCAS Akins' dancing past is well behind him now but he hopes his 12 years experience will help his blossoming football career.

The 25-year-old took classes in ballet, jazz and tap from the age of four, but gave up the chance of a life on the stage for one on the field, taking up an apprenticeship with hometown club Huddersfield Town when he was 16.

There were no plie or paso doble on show against Sheffield United in the Bass Charity Vase on Saturday, but the talented forward did dance down the wing on several occasions.

"That gets brought up every time I join a new club," he said of his past hobby.

"I used to be a dancer and stopped when I was 16 and took an apprenticeship.

"That was part of my growing up and something I enjoyed doing at the time.

"I did all sorts and hopefully that set me in good stead for football."

Meanwhile, the former Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers forward, who still lives in Huddersfield, has been delighted by the welcome afforded to him since he moved to the Brewers.

"I've settled in and the management and coaching staff have made it very easy so I can't really complain," he said.

"The chairman and everyone in and around the club have made me feel very welcome.

"Hopefully I can repay them with good performances.

"I spoke to Gary and the chairman and the proof is in the progress they've made over the last couple of years.

"That speaks for itself and hopefully we can kick on and press even further."

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