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 Welsh Football Young news - by Owain Jones

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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

This will be my last news gathering until next season, so just a quick word to thank everyone who has sent e-mails with news about Welsh players. Diolch Owain.


Young guns news - Friday 4th June 2004.

Lee Beevers (Boston - defender) - Was voted his sides player and young player of the season at Boston's awards dinner. The former Wales U19 player will hope that this makes Wales U21 manager Glyn Hodges sit up and take notice.

Jermaine Easter (Cambridge - striker) - Has turned his loan from Hartlepool into a permanent stay at the Abbey Stadium after agreeing to a one year contract. The former Wales U21 striker will now hope that he can get off the mark early in pre-season and prove that he deserves a longer contract and a first team place. 

Rob Edwards (Aston Villa - defender) - Has been told that he can leave Villa Park for a nominal fee after a discussion with manager David O'Leary about his future. The full international has revealed that he is being chased by Derby where he was on loan this season, and also by a premiership club and one other club who's name was not mentioned. It is thought that he will be made available for around 500,000. 

Luke Graham (Northampton - defender) - Was a shock inclusion in the Wales U19 squad last month, as it came hot on the heels of his goal scoring exploits for the Republic of Ireland's U18 squad. We have mentioned his name quite a few times here on the Young Guns site and thought that he would be lost to the system forever after playing for the Wales U16's a few years ago. We are happy to see that maybe some people take notice of this news page....well maybe??!! Let's hope that we see Russell Fry's (Hull City) name in the next Wales U21 squad or maybe Thomas Carter (Wimbledon). 

Ollie Holmes (Cambridge - midfielder) - Will start the new season at the Abbey Stadium as one of Cambridge's young scholars. The Canterbury born right sided midfielder is highly thought of by youth team manager Ricky Duncan who thinks that the Welsh qualified youngster will be a valuable asset next season. 

"Ollie is aggressive for a small one. Everyone looks at him and thinks he's only a tiny lad, but Ollie makes up for it in other areas. He's very good technically and likes to run at people. He could be a good acquisition for us on the wide right, and he can also play inside." - Ricky Duncan, Youth Team Manager 

Lewis Price (Ipswich - goalkeeper) - Has signed a new two year contract at Portman Road. The Wales U21 squad member has impressed manager Joe Royle and earned himself a new contract, and will now hope he can get the go ahead from Glyn Hodges for the World Cup qualifiers. 

Sam Ricketts (Telford - defender) - Has joined Swansea City after being released by cash stricken Telford, who have also released very member of the playing squad. He qualifies for Wales through a Welsh born grandmother.

Tom Spearey (Shrewsbury - central defender) - Will start life in the Shrewsbury academy from the start of next season on. The Powys born defender will join a long list of Welsh qualified players who have played for the youth team. He is being tipped for a big season next year after impressing the staff with performances for the U19's last year. He will be joined in full time training by another Welsh qualified player in Endaf Jones (forward) who is described as being a different kind of forward who can play in behind the front two and possesses a subtle touch. 

Brian Stock (Bournemouth - midfielder) - Is another Welsh qualified player to sign a new contract at the end of the season. The Wales U21 schemer has put pen to paper as he recovers from an ankle injury. He will hope to get a good pre-season behind him as he strives to become a regular starter at his club. 

Matthew Tipton (Macclesfield - striker) - Has signed a one year extension to his contract at Moss Road after completing a prolific season which has seen him score 19 goals in a struggling side. The Bangor born forward won the supporters player of the year and Junior Blues award and has been drawing attention from other second and third division clubs. 

Lee Worgan (Wimbledon - goalkeeper) - Has been released by the Milton Keynes outfit as they come to terms with relegation. The Wales U21 squad member was out on loan with Wycombe earlier in the season and will hope to get his future sorted out before he settles down for a summer break.

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