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Academy Thursday: Players of the Module

13 November 2014

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At the end of module two, the youth coaches pick out a player from each age group that they feel deserves to be named star player of the module.

Under 9s - Leighton Bowering 
Leighton has worked hard and shown great attitude and application in this counter attacking module. He has improved many aspects of his game, most notably his quick attacking of spaces and goal scoring, which has improved his confidence. This has also created a domino effect on his all-round game to encourage positive performances in games - and training with a constant smile on his face.

Under 10s - Benji Hardman
Benji has earned this recognition for his great combination play, good understanding of transition and for being able to counter attack effectively. He also put in a real stand-out performance in the game against Notts County.

Under 11s - Dylan Bradley 
Dylan has had some outstanding performances in goal during this module, both in training and in games. There has been a very obvious boost in his confidence resulting in some excellent saves. As the module was based on transition and counter attack it was important that the goalkeeper recognized opportunities to dictate the tempo of our attack which he did fantastically, using a variety of distribution techniques to begin fast attacking football which resulted in many goal scoring opportunities for his team mates. Dylan deserves recognition for the hard work he has put in not only during this module but throughout the season so far.

Under 12s - Finlay Smith
Finlay's attitude has been brilliant during the training and matches, and he has been constantly looking to learn. During games he has been communicating well with the defence and he grabbed a late winner against Hull to make the score 4-3. He has displayed good body shape in one v one situations, and has shown good cover and balance skills in overload situations. He is beginning to show good communication and leadership skills and his strength and determination have also been very good.

Under 13s - Luke Gee
Luke's performances during this module have been of a very high standard. Luke is fiercely competitive yet cultured, he works tirelessly to improve and never gives less than 100%. Luke fully deserves this award as he has continued to raise the bar in terms of work rate, effort and commitment.   

Under 14s - Connah Emery 
Connah has stepped up from under 13s, fitting into the new group very well. He has shown good attitude and effort during module two in both training and games. His understanding and application of pressing - particularly high pressing - has become infectious throughout the team. We have been very impressed with his progress in the past few weeks.

Under 15s - Tom Barnett
Tom has earned this award for his work rate, enthusiasm and attitude when asked to play in different roles and for displaying all the qualities and attitude required for those roles. 

Under 16s - Dan Thistelwaite
Dan has been in very good form during this past module, has shown a good understanding of his role and has shown a high level of quality throughout the module. His attitude has been excellent and he takes responsibility for himself and leading the group as a whole with superb leadership skills. 

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