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Toddler nets 10-year deal with football club

James Hayden in Amsterdam

Published 29/04/2011 | 05:00

The manager of a Dutch football club has awarded a toddler an unpaid 10-year contract after watching an astonishing video of him scoring a hat-trick into his toy box.

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When one-and-a-half-year-old Baerke van der Meij drove three balls into the box one after another, his father Jorg posted the video on YouTube.

VVV, the club in the south-eastern town of Venlo where the family live, invited Baerke for a "trial". They were doubly impressed by the fact his grandfather had played for VVV.

"Baerke did his best to amaze professional footballer Ken Leemans with his football techniques," the club said.

The deal, with a little help from Jorg, was toasted with a glass of juice. The video posted on YouTube has been viewed at least 1.67 million times.

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