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Just a quick thank you to everyone who has sent e-mails with news on youngsters for this section. It is very much appreciated as I don't always get the time to look around websites as much as I would like, so please keep them coming. Owain

Young guns news - Friday 21st May 2004.

Matthew Crowell (midfielder) + Mark Jones (midfielder) + Craig Morgan (defender) All Wrexham - Have been offered new contracts at the Racecourse as Dennis Smith looks to juggle his budget for next season. It has been a sad week for Wales U21 goalkeeper Paul Whitfield, who has been told that he is surplus to requirements. 

Craig Garside (Everton - defender) - Has been released by the Toffee men and will now spend the summer trying to find a new club. The Wales U19 defender has had a rotten luck with injury and not really had the opportunity to show the club what he can do in a consistent run of games. 

Stuart Jones (Swansea - defender) - Has been rewarded with a new one year contract after making the right back position his own during the second half of the season. 

Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Has signed a new contract after impressing in the final games of the season after a successfully loan spell at Oldham. The Shropshire born full back was one of six players to be offered new contracts at the Britannia Stadium.

Liam Powell (Leicester - defender) - Got a chance to impress Micky Adams as Leicester City XI took on Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday night. The Cardiff born full back will now sense that after a major cull at the Walkers Stadium, the boss will look for youth to guide his side back to the Premiership from division one.

Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Has just signed a 1 year professional contract with Yeovil town . This is just reward for all the hard work he has put in this season. The young striker only turned 17 in march, so this is his reward for his effort and his contribution during a season where he has been overlooked for international duty.

Young guns news - Friday 7th May 2004.

Lee Beevers (Boston - defender) - Has signed a new two year contract to further his stay at York Street Stadium. The former Wales U19 international has been a main stay of the side this season as he builds his career after the disappointment of being released by Ipswich.

Arron Davies (Southampton - striker) - Got back to scoring way's as Southampton's reserves beat Ipswich in their last game of the season on Wednesday night. The Wales U21 squad member was played in by Ormerod and slotted home from eight yards as his side ran out 2-0 winners. It is great to see the Cardiff born striker back amongst the goals after a loan spell at Barnsley where the long ball style surely can't have suited him. With so many injuries decimating the Saints squad, let's hope he can earn a place on the bench. It 

Richard Duffy (Portsmouth - defender) - Got 70 minutes of Premiership football under his belt yesterday after an early injury to Primus against Fulham. The former Swan made the step up with distinction, earning himself the Man of the Match reward in the 1-1 draw against Chris Coleman's team.

Russell Fry (Hull - striker) - Floated a cross for his fellow striker to bury his header in Hull City's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday reserves on Thursday night. He his now well on his way to full fitness, and will hope that he can get a good pre-season behind him so he can push for a regular spot in the first team squad. We here at Young Guns also hope that he will nail his colours to the Wales U21 side for the World Cup qualifiers. 

Lloyd James (Southampton - defender) - Was thrown into the reserves for the first time on Wednesday, which shows how highly the staff rate the Bristol born youngster. His team mates weren't told that he was a schoolboy, but reserve team manager Steve Wigley admitted that the older players must have been very impressed by his performance. The defender nearly capped off a wonder night with a goal, but glanced his header just wide from a chip. He will now join the staff at St Mary's as a scholar from next season on. Lloyd qualifies for Wales through his grandfather who was born in Newport, and came though the Saints Bath Satellite Academy. The FAW must now keep a careful eye on him, especially as he has only represented his adopted country by playing for the Wales U16's. 

Richard Jones (Southampton - midfielder) - Will return to Southampton after his season long loan at Swansea comes to an end. The Wales U19 international has not played in any games since new manager Kenny Jackett took charge at The Vetch. 

Craig Morgan (Wrexham - defender) + Levi Macken (Wrexham - defender) + Simon Spender (Wrexham - defender) - Formed three quarters of the Dragons back line on Saturday for the trip to Wycombe. The youngsters who all missed the U21 training camp, showed watching fans that there are more gems emerging from Colliers Park Academy. It is also though that the central defender is looking for a move away from the Racecourse having turned down an offer of a new contract. It is thought that he is being monitored by a whole host of clubs, that include Sunderland, Norwich and Everton. It would be a massive blow to Dennis Smith as he seeks to build for next season

Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Got his first start after returning from his loan spell at Oldham on Tuesday night against promoted W.B.A. The Shropshire born full back was desperate to get a run out before the end of the season to show manager Tony Pulis what he could do, and was given his chance in a very youthful looking Stoke first XI as they trounced the Baggies 4-1. He will now hope to keep his place for the clash against Pulis' old club Gillingham on Saturday. 

David Pipe (Notts County - defender/midfielder) - Was forced off on the weekend after a crunching tackle left him with suspected ruptured ankle ligaments. The full international will wait and see how long he will spend on the sidelines, but it is thought that he should be able to return for pre-season training. 

Paul Thornton (Molesey - defender) - The ex Chelsea trainee got a run out for Bristol City on Wednesday as he tried to earn a contract at Ashton Gate. The Welsh qualified youngster will now have to wait and see what happens, as the club admits it is very difficult to judge a player based on one game.

Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Has just been presented with the young professional player of the year and youth team player of year which was presented to him at half time by Yeovil manager Gary Johnson during Saturdays game with Hull city. Played full game for Yeovil second string v Cheltenham on Tuesday. Started on the right of midfield, and then changed to left midfield at half time and had another excellent game. This has been a very good season for Dale who will would love to cap it off with a Welsh youth call up.
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