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Further Trio Offered Professional Contracts

10 April 2017

Three further academy players have been offered professional contracts to make it five in total among the second-year scholars.

Dyan Parkin, Jack Brownell and Jay Smith are the successful trio who have been given the opportunity to join Ricky German and Joe Rowley in the professional ranks.

Academy manager Mark Smith said: “We feel as though there is more development in these kids and I’m pleased to see them progress.”

Commenting on the trio, Smith added: “Dylan Parkin is a goalkeeper who has made a steady improvement. Over the last six months he has shown a lot more maturity and he is starting to take on leadership as well. 

“Jack Brownell is somebody who’s shown us over the course of two years that he is worth persevering with. Jack is a midfielder who is good at receiving the ball and he’s got a bit of strength and a bit of pace, with a good range of passing.

“Jay Smith is a defender who’s strong and he’s got that bit of pace. Jay has actually been halted a little bit by a a run of injuries, but we are going to give him six months and get him a clean bill of health just to prove that he has got over his injury problems and I’ve no doubt that he will do that."

Smith has sympathy for those youngsters who missed out, commenting: “These are our opinions and we make these decisions, but that is what football is all about. 

“Those who don't get the contracts are given the challenge to go and prove us wrong and it is down to the kids to do that. Sadly you have to make these decisions because you can’t take everybody and we wish them all the best for the future.”