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A striker initially signed on a two year scholarship from Coventry, Storey made his Town debut towards the end of the first year of his youth contract, when youth team boss and caretaker manager Paul Bodin brought him on as a late substitute in a 2-0 home defeat against Oldham in April 2011, with the Town's relegation already confirmed. He made his second appearance the following weekend, coming on for the last nine minutes of a 2-0 victory over Tranmere.
The following season, Storey had more opportunities in the first team - and after making three more sub appearances in September, new Town boss Paolo di Canio confirmed that Storey was now mostly training with the first team rather than the youths. During the season, Storey was nominated for the League Two Apprentice of the Year award - a title won by Nick Powell of Crewe, who went on to move to Manchester United during the close season - and as the season drew to a close, Storey was offered his first professional contract, a one-year deal, before making another appearance from the bench in the final game of the season at Bradford.
The following season, Storey burst into the spotlight. After making only a couple of cameo substitute appearances at the start of the season, he was brought on early in the second half at Crewe in October 2012 - the following weekend, he was handed his full debut for a game at Stevenage, during which he scored a headed goal in a convincing 4-0 win, Storey directing his celebration towards Stevenage’s youth team manager, who had told him that he would be “flipping burgers in McDonald’s” the previous season. Three days later, coming off the bench with the Town 2-0 down against Premier League Aston Villa in the Carling Cup, Storey netted two goals in three minutes - the second a delicious backheel that sent a packed County Ground into raptures - only for the Town to concede a winning goal in the dying moments of the game.
Despite Town boss Paolo di Canio’s concerns about the hype surrounding him, the goals prompted the Swindon Advertiser to run a special multi page feature on the youngster, and he was also called up for the England under-19 squad for the first time, making his debut against Finland. Perhaps not wanting to fuel the flames, di Canio named Storey on the bench throughout November, before a medial ligament tear sidelined him - when he did return, a hamstring strain picked up in a training game took the total period he was out up to two months.
Storey returned to the bench at the beginning of February - coming on for the final five minutes of a game against Hartlepool that proved to be di Canio’s last as Swindon manager - his backroom staff carrying through his plan at fellow promotion chasers Tranmere, naming Storey in the first eleven. Though Storey terrorised the Rovers defence with his blistering pace in the opening twenty-five minutes, he again succumbed to a recurrence of his hamstring injury, forced off midway through the first half in a game that Swindon went on to win 3-1, to take them to the top of the table.
A scan soon revealed that he had a 20cm grade three tear, that was predicted to keep him out for the rest of the season - however, he returned earlier than expected, new boss Kevin MacDonald naming him on the bench for both play-off semi-finals against Brentford. After sitting out the first game, Storey came on late in the second leg with the Town 3-2 down - but though Aden Flint netted an injury time equaliser, the season was to end in heartbreak - Storey seeing his penalty saved in the shootout at the end of the game, the Bees scoring all of their kicks to win 5-4. Though inconsolable after the game, Storey used social media site Twitter to apologise to the fans and thank them for their kind words of sympathy - a week later, he still admitted to having sleepless nights about the miss, but after signing a new contract, he pledged to repay the club and the fans the following season.
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