On Saturday welcomed and presented to the crowd our first year scholars who have made the breakthrough into the U18 side this season.
Here, we take a closer look at the 11 youngsters who will be hoping to impress Academy Manager Ricky Duncan and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Dru Yearwood, Elvis Bwomono and Harry Kyprianou to break into the first team in the future.
Harry signed for the club during his under-14 season. Harry demonstrates excellent shot stopping attributes and has represented the England national team at under 15, 16 and more recently under 18 level.
Dan has been at the club since the age of seven. He is a very confident and strong minded lad and demonstrates very good 1v1 defending skills with the ability to play forwards with his passing and running with the ball attributes.
Idemudia signed for the club halfway through the under-16 season. He demonstrates the ability to regain the ball back with his tackling and interceptions and then the ability to play passes into the front players/forward areas of the pitch with a high pass completion.
Right back/centre back
Marley signed for the club early into his under-16 season. He demonstrates the capability to win the ball with his tackling when faced in 1v1 defending situations and also to read the play when faced with potential danger.
Sam signed for the club as an under-15 and is a player who can defend excellently with his ability to tackle, read the game to intercept the ball and also commitment to stop shots at goal. Sam also possesses a good passing range to begin team attacks.
Miles signed for the club in April 2017, late into his under-16 season. He quickly showed what potential he has by being strong defensively and also being dominant in the attacking penalty area as well as defending his own penalty area.
A a box to box midfielder, Jon has been at the club since the age of seven. He shows fantastic ability with his passing and has an eye for goal from inside and outside the penalty area.
O’Shane signed for the club as an under-14 He demonstrates excellent ability to maintain the ball in tight areas and also creating goalscoring opportunities with his passing ability.
Terrel signed for the club as an under-14 and has great physical attributes with his pace, but he also possess excellent dribbling skills to get beyond defenders in 1v1 attacking situations. He also shows the ability to produce an end product to create goalscoring opportunities.
Shadow striker/centre forward
Matthew signed for the club as an under-14 and shows the good ability to score different types of goals from inside and outside the penalty area. Matthew also demonstrates the tactical understanding to help the team defend and regain the ball high up the pitch.
Emilie has been at the club since the age of seven and is a hard working player who has always demonstrated physical attributes with his hold up play. He has also worked hard to add goals to his game.