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Evan Cadwallader and Caleb Evans (Newport County) born 2005, Midfielders.
As first year scholars, both Evan and Caleb seem to have become regular starters for County’s U-18 team. It is admittedly based on the limited information I have been able to access, but I think that as they were in the starting line-ups for the two FA Youth Cup matches the team played, it is a reasonable assumption to make. If I am correct, I’m sure that they will want to be even more prominent next season and at least possibly earn an opportunity to be involved in the first team’s Papa John’s Trophy matches, or even better ones.
Adam Coomer (Cardiff City) born 2004, Midfielder.
Amongst a large group of academy players that Cardiff employed as first year scholars this season, Adam has been playing for the U-18 team. He was given a brief introduction with some game time in a few matches last season and has played in about a third of their games this time around. The Cardiff youth development programme has generally been good at producing first team players for a long time, and after something of a lull, has done so again in the last couple of seasons. The club have nurtured a large group of good quality youngsters, who are undoubtedly pushing each other to improve their standards and making it a scenario of fierce competition for places in the teams.
Reuben Davies (Swansea City) born 2004, Forward
In his second season as a scholar with Swansea, Reuben has not made a lot of appearances for the U-18 team over the last couple of seasons. I apologize that I cannot provide any information as to whether injury issues were a contributory factor as an explanation of his availability. This season, he has also played a few times for the U-23 team, after also making one appearance for them last season and celebrating with a goal to make it a scoring debut. Reuben made his Wales debut for the U-15 team in the 2018/19 season and was then the following season, selected for the U-16’s as they ended up co-champions in the Victory Shield tournament.
Harry Evans (Derby County) born 2004, Goalkeeper.
Harry joined the Derby academy teams as a six year old and so his association with the club is now more than ten years having moved into the scholar phase of his career at the start of this season. He did have some bench assignments with the U-18 team last season and this season has appeared in around a quarter of their games with eight starting selections. He has also had some bench assignments as well. I have not been able to confirm his birth year so am hoping I have correctly assumed that it is as I have noted. Harry has not been involved with any Wales teams and so I am sure he is hoping to eventually impress the coaching staff and have an opportunity to do so.
Joel Green (Newcastle United) born 2004, Defender.
This is Joel’s second season as a scholar with the Magpies after having previously been a member of the academy at the club for some seasons. He only appeared in one game for the U-18’s last season and this time around has played in a third of their games. Again, it is a situation that I have no explanation for the absences, but he has also had some bench appearances to go along with the games in which he featured. Joel was a regular selection for Wales teams throughout his time as a schoolboy, featuring in the 2018 Cymru Cup games and then as an U-15 and U-16 in 2018/19 and 2019/20, including the successful Victory Shield team. The Wales coaching staff have a high regard for his quality, and he has continued his association with the nation, selected for the U-17 training camp squad last season and the U-18 squads this season, both the autumn training camp and the friendlies in the spring.
Thomas Henson (Doncaster Rovers) born 2004, Defender.
Thomas began his time as a scholar with Rovers at the start of last season and has done well, becoming a regular starter for their U-18 team. Unfortunately, my ability to access information is limited and so this is all I am able to say about how the season has gone for Tom. His status as a second year scholar does mean that a decision about his future at the club is necessary. Once again, I am unable to enlighten you about whether it has been made or not. Tom participated in the 2018 Cymru Cup matches and at that time he was a schoolboy associate at York City.
Ryan Holmes (MK Dons) born 2004, Forward.
Soon after the start of the season, second year scholar Ryan began a work experience loan assignment with Kidlington. He made a good impression as he gained experience in first team football but unfortunately sustained a broken foot injury which brought about an early end to the arrangement. I apologize that I cannot provide any more details, as I have not been able to find whether Ryan has recovered or not. He is another whose time in youth football is about to end and so his future in football is dependent on management decisions. As a schoolboy, Ryan represented Wales at U-15 level after previously having played in the 2018 Cymru Cup matches.
Callum Hutton (Bristol City) born 2004, Forward.
In his first season as a scholar, Callum seems to have established himself as a regular player in the Bristol City U-18 team. As has been mentioned on previous occasions, information about matches involving the team is sparse and the basis of my statement is that he was in the starting line-up for the FA Youth Cup match the team played. Added to this is that Callum has also been involved with games for the club’s U-23 team and has made four substitute appearances for them. This is an indication the coaching staff have a very positive opinion of Callum’s ability and believe he is capable of performing adequately in the next level of development football. He has not been involved in any scenarios at national level for Wales up to this point.
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