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Young guns news - Wednesday 25
James Bloom (Falkirk - defender) Is one of 18 players released at
the end of the season. The former Cardiff City youth team player will now look
for a new club over the summer.
Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) Is struggling with knee and groin
injuries at the moment as he tries to get fit. Brown has been out on loan to
Dagenham and Redbridge and Tranmere Rovers this season.
Troy Brown (Ipswich - defender) Has signed a 12 month contract
extension at Portman Road. Manager Paul Jewell has handed out shorter contracts
to the youngsters to try and come back hungrier for pre-season as they look to
earn longer deals.
Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Has been released and will now
spend the summer looking for a new contract. It is always a tough time for
youngsters, and Young Guns wish him all the best for the future.
Sean Geddes (Walsall - midfielder) Has been released by the Saddlers
and will be another youngster on the look out for a new club. The Wales U19
international has been on the fringes of the first team squad this season
without making the break through.
Matt Harriott (Sheffield United - midfielder) Played 90 minutes as
the U18's drew 2-2 with Man Utd in the FA Youth Cup Final first leg. The 2nd
leg didn't go to plan with the Blades beaten 2-0. Harriott has been on standby
for the Wales U21's this season and will hope to pick up some silverwear in what
has been a tough few weeks for the Bramall Lane side.
Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Has not been retained by the
Lillywhites as manager Phil Brown shapes his squad to try and get promotion back
to the Championship next season.
Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Had a hand in the winning goal as
the Rovers reserves beat Man Utd 1-0 in the semi final of the Lancashire Youth
Cup. They will now face Preston in the final during the summer.
Jonathan Meades (Cardiff City - midfielder) Has been
offered a new professional contract and Alex Evans (Cardiff City -
defender), Ibrahim Farrah (Cardiff City - midfielder)
and Nat Jarvis (Cardiff City - striker) have been offered
Kyle McCarthy (Hereford - defender) Returned from international duty
to be told that he would be offered a pro contract at Edgar Street. The Ebbw
Vale raised defender will now look to make an impression over the summer. He
was the only youth team player to be offered a deal.
Aynsley McDonald (Rushden and Diamonds - defender) Spent the last
few months of the season on loan at Banbury as he looked to get more first team
experience away from Nene Pak.
Patrick Otte (Fort Lauderdale Strikers - midfielder) Has signed with
Fort Lauderdale Strikers after being released as a third year scholar at
Mason Spence (MK Dons - defender) Congratulations to Wales qualified
defender Mason Spence on securing his first professional contract at the club.
Two loan signings that slipped under the radar during the season were
James Wood (Man City) who spent time at Exeter and Elliot Parish
(Aston Villa) who had a spell at Lincoln City. Even though they play for
Scotland and England youth respectively, both are Welsh qualified.
Young guns news - Friday 13
Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Played another 90 minutes
for the first team as they beat Tranmere 2-0. Bodin has taken his chance under
father Paul and will now hope to push on from here.
Elliott Hewitt (Macclesfield - defender) Made his debut
for Macclesfield against Hereford last weekend. The 16 year old full back
played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw. He also had extra cause to celebrate as he
signed a two year contract after impressing the management with his
Matthew Harriott (Sheff Utd - midfielder) Was an unused
sub as the Swans sunk the Blades 4-0 last Saturday.
Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Played the full 90 minutes at
right back in their 2-1 defeat of Man Utd on Wednesday. Rovers were crowned
Reserve League North champions after the match.
Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - midfielder) Has been given the dreaded
news that he will not be offered a new contract at Prenton Park. The youngster
has been on the fringes of the first team on occasions this season, but will now
plan for life at another club.
Richard Peniket (Fulham - striker) Stepped off the bench
as Fulham U18's beat Sunderland after a penalty shoot out on Tuesday evening.
Fulham will now advance to the Premier Academy League Final.
Paul Walker (Northampton - goalkeeper) Has been offered a new
contract at Sixfields. Walker missed part of the season with an injury and will
look to get a good pre season behind him.
Sam Wedgbury (Macclesfield - midfielder) Has signed a new contract
that will keep him at Moss Rose until 2013. Wedgbury has played 26 times for
the club after signing from Sheffield United.
James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Started again for
the Robins as they finished the season with another three points. Wilson must
wish that the season would continue longer after finally getting over his knee
injury. He was joined in the match day squad by Aaron Holloway (Bristol
City - defender/midfielder/striker) who was an unused sub.
Young guns news - Saturday 7
Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Got the start he's been pushing for as Swindon took on
Oldham last weekend. Bodin was chosen to start under the new caretaker manager,
Troy Brown (Ipswich - defender) Picked up a start for Ipswich as the Tractor Boys beat
Preston 2-1. Brown made is first start for the Portman Road club since last
Joe Culshaw (Morecambe - defender) Receives youth team player of the year after playing
every game for the youth and most reserve games.
(Swansea City - defender) + Gwion Edwards (Swansea City - midfielder) Kurtis
March (Swansea - midfielder) + Jordan Smith (Swansea City - midfielder)
Have been offered pro contracts at The Liberty after imrpessing coach Tony
Pennock and the Swansea coaching staff. Smith and March were once on the books
of Cardiff City.
Iain Edmunds (Shrewsbury - defender) Has been given the news that he will not be kept on at
the club as a third year scholar. This time of year can be a hard time for
youngsters as they await news from academy or youth team coaches.
Jack Evans (Gilingham - defender) Has been offered a pro contract after impressing
manager Andy Hessenthaler and the youth team coaches.
Sean Geddes (Walsall - midfielder) Has gone on loan to Redditch fc as he looks to get some
senior team game time. The former Wales U19 international has been on the
fringes of the first team on several occasions this season without getting a
Holt (Hull - defender) Played his first 45 minuites after returning
from injury last weekend. Holt played the first half in the youth sides 3-0 win
Newell (Birmingham - striker) Played 90 minutes for the U18's as they
beat Crystal Palace 2-1 last Saturday.
James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Finally got his
first team chance as the Robins beat Derby at Pride Park last Saturday. Wilson
has had some cruel work with injury over the past few seasons and will now look
to finish the season strong. He also recieved high praise from keith millen and will keep his place for the last
game of the season at home to Hull City.