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Latest Recruits Sign for Academy

10 March 2015

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The latest batch of recruits signed for the academy last week as the club look to build and develop players for the future.

Twelve young players between the ages of eight and 15 came along to the Proact Stadium on Friday afternoon after impressing in recent academy trials.

A number of the new academy signees have been previously involved with the football development schools and head of youth recruitment Liam Sutcliffe.

"We've got a number of players coming into the football club to sign from our development schools programme into our academy," explained Sutcliffe before the signings. "It's a big step for the lads in their football education and they've done very well while in the development schools.

"We're just ever so pleased that they've taken the step forwards. They'll be signing their registrations this evening and they'll be sent then to the football league."

Darren Malloy, the lead coach, development stage, gave further details about how he and his staff go out to try and discover the brightest talent.

He said: "For next season with the under nines, we have a wide range of avenues to recruit. 

"We get recommendations from grassroots clubs, coaches and scouts, along with help from the development schools to ensure we get a wide view of the players out there."

Justin Baker, father of Ollie, one of the young players signing for the academy, spoke about his son's progress through the football development schools and now into the academy.

"He's loved it the development squad, there's a nice friendly atmosphere training once a week with general drills.

"Ollie's only been playing football for 18 months. He started off playing grassroots for Whitwell, he got picked up by the development squad in April last year, he got asked to have a trial for the academy and we're here to sign up."

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