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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Friday 14 May 10

Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder)
Has been told he will not be offered a new contract at the Bescot Stadium.  After an impressive start to the season things took a nose dive for the U21 international and he struggled to get any time.  This may well be a chance to kick start his career at a new club.

Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) Has been notified by the club that his scholarship will be extended on to his a third year.  He will also spend time with newly promoted Haukar in Finland as he continues his football education.

Eliott Chamberlain (Leicester - striker) Has been awarded the academy player of the year after a very impressive season for the youth team.  Unfortunately it wasn't to be a Academy Premier League Play-off final as the Foxes were beaten by Forest. 

Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) Tasted defeat during the Academy Premier Legue Final this week as the U18's lost 5-3 to Arsenal.

Sam Jones (Leeds - midfielder) Has been told he will not be one of the lucky ones to recieve the call to stay on into his third year as a scholar at Elland Road.  He will now spend the summer looking for a new club.

Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - midfielder) Has signed his first professional contract after impressing the management this season.   

Leon Newell (Wrexham - striker) Has decided to turn down an offer of a scholarship at the Racecourse and will now look to find another club before the new season.  The youngster has had interest from a few clubs and has been on trial at Birmingham. 

David Stephens (Norwich/Lincoln - defender) Was in the back four as Lincoln finished the season with a clean sheet against Macclesfield.  Stephens will now return to Carrow Road to fight for a place in the Championship squad.  The Macclesfield starting XI again contained Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker). 

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker)
Was an unused sub for the first team as the Royals finished the season with a 4-1 against Preston last Sunday. Taylor who has been inspired by the progression of fellow team mate Church will now look to create an impression during the summer.

Young guns news - Friday 7 May 10

Daniel Alfei (Swansea City - defender) + Lee Lucas (Swansea City - midfielder) + Joe Walsh (Swansea City - defender) Have been offered professional deals for next season at The Liberty.  All three have represented Wales at youth level and will now look to have a full pre season with the seniors after the summer break.  As per usual not all youth team players are offered deals as Rhys Wilson (Swansea City - goalkeeper) will be released along with young professional and Wales U19 international Keiron Howard (Swansea City - striker).

Richard Blythe (Aston Villa - midfielder) + Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - midfielder)
Will go into the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with all to play for after drawing 1-1 with Chelsea last week.  Blythe picked up an assist for Villa as they took the lead before being pegged back.  Unfortunately for both it was not to be in the second leg as Chelsea won 2-1.

Troy Brown (Ipswich - defender) Will be staying on at Portman Road after being offered a years contract extension by manager Roy Keane.  Brown made a 30 minute cameo last Sunday as the Trotters crashed 3-0 to Sheffield United.

Ryan Doble (Southampton - midfielder) Has returned to training after successfully overcoming a hip operation.  Doble who was in and around the first team squad at the start of the season has now taken part in full training and given himself a chance for selection for the weekend. 

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Has been offered a professional contract after being rated as borderline by coach Dean Ramsgate for about three or four months.  Hart also tasted success on the field this week as the youth team beat Bury 3-2 in the Lancashire Youth Cup Final.
"Sam has listened to what the coaches have had to say and improved in all those areas and has put himself in a good position to push to get a contract and I'm delighted that he got that offer this week.  Sam can be quite self-analytical and self critical but I think deep down he knew he had done the best he could have done. He has played a lot of games this year and has probably been one of the first names on Jamie Hoyland's team-sheet for the youth team. He has been the senior player of our back-five most of the time this year and he has kept them together vocally. We've seen him develop as a player and seen him develop as a young man." Dean Ramsgate.

Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) + Will James (Blackburn - defender) Both started in the week as the U18 team and played 90 minutes as Rovers ended the season with a 3-2 win against WBA.

Elliot Richard (Bristol Rovers - striker) Has been offered a professional contract after impressing manager Paul Trollope.  Richard has been in and around the first team since the start of the year and made his debut in February against Gillingham.  He will now and will hope to get some game time in preparation for next season.

Elliott Scotcher (Ipswich - midfielder) Who was released earlier in the season by Cardiff City was inducted into the Ipswich academy last Friday with a glowing reference from recruitment officer Malcolm Moore.  Scotcher was courted by Birmingham, Swansea City and WBA before choosing Portman Road.
“He gets box-to-box and is just a nice, good footballer. He does all the jobs a midfield player has to do.  I said to him when he was up here recently ‘you never get in the box beyond the strikers’. The first time he got in the box, he scored!  We’re very pleased for him. I hope this is going to be the first of many from Wales. Our two scouts work very hard in Wales.  He comes from Tenby, there were lots of clubs after him, Midlands clubs like West Brom and Birmingham, Swansea as well, but I think he’s come here, has seen what we’ve got to offer, the type of club we are and the boy really wanted to come here.” Malcolm Moore.

Thomas Gregg Lopes Da Silva (Swansea City - striker) Has been talking about his first season back in the land of his birth after returning from Portugal. The youngster was once courted by Benfica and FC Porto has found the football less technical and more physical than in Portugal.,,10354~2045354,00.html
Paul Walker (Northampton - goalkeeper) Was between the sticks as the reserves beat Stevenage 1-0 on Thursday night.  Walker who has just signed his first pro contract will look to push on for regular second string starts next season. 



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