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Young guns news - Tuesday 30 Aug 11

Dan Alfei (Swansea City - defender) & Joe Walsh (Swansea City - defender) Both started for the Swans in midweek against Shrewsbury.  Unfortunately there will be no more Carling Cup run outs for both as the team slumped to a 3-1 defeat. 

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Will spend the next few months on loan at Torquay Utd after accepting that senior game time might be hard to come by under Paolo Di Canio.  With several strikers having been bought, the young striker has decided to go to join the Gulls until January. 

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester/Stockport - striker) Made another substitute appearance as Stockport drew 1-1 with Ebbsfleet. 

David Cornell (Swansea City - goalkeeper) Is the latest Wales youth international to be sent on loan to gain more experience.  After a season at Port Talbot during the 2010/11 season, the Wales U21 international will now spend a month with Hereford Utd. Cornell went straight into the starting XI v Wimbledon as they sides drew 1-1.  He was also key to the Bulls holding out so long in the Carling Cup at Aston Villa.  He was eventually beaten as Hereford lost 2-1. "He is a Welsh under-21 international and has a great future. He has come for a month's loan to replace Adam Bartlett. I am delighted to have him in the side." Jamie Pitman, Hereford manager

Michael Doughty (QPR/Crawley - midfielder) Made his first loan appearance for Crawley as they beat Torquay 3-1 last Saturday.  Doughty stepped off the bench with 12 minutes still on the clock. 

Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender/midfielder) Made his first appearance of the season as Forest cruised to the next round of the Carling Cup at Wycombe.  Freeman came on for his first team debut with 12 minutes left of the game and he nearly scored, his shot saved by the keeper. 

Matthew Harriott (Sheffield Utd - midfielder) Played 74 minutes as the Blades lost 3-1 to Everton in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night. 

Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Played 90 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night as they drew 0-0 with Aston Villa. 

Jake Taylor (Reading/Aldershot - midfielder) Started for the Shots as they upset the odds to beat West Ham in the Crling Cup.  Taylor played 55 minutes in the 2-1 win at Upton Park.  

Jon Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Started in midweek and picked up an assist in the 2-0 win against Crawley as the Eagles advanced to the next round of the Carling Cup.  Manager Dougie Freedman has mentioned that he will introduce Williams and other talented youngsters wisely this season.  Williams' form might well force his hand to include him more often than not. 

Young guns news - Friday 19 Aug 11

Billy Bodin: photo linked from propaganda-photo.comBilly Bodin (Swindon - striker) Made his first start of the season as Swindon lost 1-0 to Dagenham and Redbridge.  Bodin played 52 minutes in the 1-0 defeat. 

Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper)
Has gone on loan to Brackley Town as manager Sean Dyche looks to give some of his youngsters first team experience.  Bond tasted success during his first game as they beat Swindon Supermarine 2-0. 
“Jonathan is a good keeper but he needs to play. Our goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain has explained that the job of being a goalkeeper is the same regardless of the level you are playing at so this should be good for him." Sean Dyche, Watford Manager

Troy Brown (Rotherham - defender) Played 90 minutes as the Millers started the season with a 1-0 win over Oxford.  Brown left Ipwsich to get regular first team action so Saturday would have been a perfect start. He was an unused sub during last weekends 4-1 win over Plymouth. 

Joe Culshaw (Morecambe - defender) Made several pre season appearances for Morecambe including games against Blackburn, Preston and Derby. 

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City - striker) Will spend the next month on loan at Stockport County.  The Wales U21 international will now hope to develop under the eye of former German international Didi Hamman.  The striker made his debut this week as Stockport beat Kettering 1-0.

Ryan Doble (Southampton - striker) Has gone on loan to Bournemouth until the 10th of September.  With so many new signings at St Mary's it was a wise decision to head out on loan to get some game time. 

Michael Doughty (QPR - midfielder) Has joined Crawley Town on loan until January.  It's another good test for the youngster as he continues his footballing development. "Michael is an exciting young talent and it was important he joined the right club that will take him nearer our first team." Neil Warnock, QPR manager.

Ibrahim Farah (Cardiff City - midfielder) & Alex Evans (Cardiff City - defender) Both started in the Carling Cup victory against Oxford in midweek and Nat Jarvis (Cardiff City - striker) stepped off the bench to score in extra time.

Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Played 90 minutes for the reserves as they kept a clean sheet against Norwich on Tuesday night.  Henley has made several appearances for the seniors over the summer.   

Elliott Hewitt (Macclesfield - defender) Played 90 minutes for Macclesfield as they thumped Hereford 4-0 on Tuesday night.  Hewitt who made a substitute appearance on the weekend against Crawley is highly thought of at the club. "He's only just 17, and has been away with the Wales U21's in the past week or so, and was steady as a rock.  No doubt the vultures are already circling." Gary Simpson, Macclesfield manager.

Gerwyn Jones (DC United - defender) The centre half was injured in training last week, has undergone knee surgery without to much damage to the cartilage, he is expected back in 3 weeks.

Kyle McCarthy (Hereford - defender) Was an unused sub as Hereford beat Brentford 1-0 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.

Josh Pritchard (Fulham - midfielder) Played 90 minutes for the reserves this week as they lost 3-1 to Wigan.  Pritchard has been placed on the Wales U21 standby squad for the game v Montenegro. 

Jon Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Stepped off the bench as the Eagles came from behind to beat Coventry 2-1.  Williams entered the fray after 68 minutes as the Eagles swooped for three points.  Williams is another talent that seems to be destined for the top.  "Jonny Williams is going to b a PLAYER" - Jermaine Easter on his official Twitter account  @JammaEast82

James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Made his second consecutive start as Bristol City shocked Sven's highly fancied Leicester City with a 2-1 away win on Wednesday night.  There was more good news as Chrsitian Ribeiro (Bristol City - defender) came through a development XI game unscathed. 

Young guns news - Sunday 7 Aug 11

Dan Alfei: photo linked from Alfei (Swansea City - defender) Has been around the first team squad and travelled to Austria with the seniors.  Alfei picked up game time last season and could well make his Premier League debut sooner rather than later.

Tom Bender (Colchester - defender) Will look to make the leap from promising youngster to first team regular this season after being around the first team squad and getting game time during pre-season.  Bender has mostly been introduced from the bench but started and played 90 in wins v Woodbridge and Bury Town.  

Billy Bodin (Swindon - forward) May well go on loan as manager Paulo Di Canio looks to give him some valuable game time. "Billy is a good, talented player but he is a kid. He will have a good future in the game but at the moment he is a kid, I have to say this," Di Canio told the Swindon Advertiser.  "I tell him every day to challenge for the ball and recover the position. We will decide in the next few days if he goes out on loan."

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury - striker) Will be out of action for around four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery to repair a cruciate ligament tear.

Joe Culshaw (Morecambe - defender) has signed a pro contract after impressing manager Jim Bentley with his performances for the reserves.  Culshaw was released by Wrexham earlier in his career.  

Michael Doughty (QPR - midfielder) Impressed manager Neil Warnock over the summer and might be sent on loan to get some more senior experience when the season starts. Thoughts on his future didn't stop him from picking up a classy assist as QPR beat Crawley 4-2 in midweek.  "I don't want to loan them (Doughty and team mate Troy Hewitt) for the season. I might consider six months because they've both got things to offer." - Neil Warnock.

Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) Was another wales youth international to get some senior game time as the Magpies looked at options to possibly replace Jose Enrique.  Dummett made another appearance for the first team in the 3-2 defeat at Leeds last weekend.

Kieron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) Played in midfield for the first team as they lost to a Spurs XI in pre-season.  Former England umbrella man Steve McClaren described the Wales youth international as having ran the game.  The Wales youth international also started and played 90 minutes against Northampton.  He also captained a less experienced XI against Ilkeston and has been involved heavily with the seniors as they head in to a new campaign.

Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Has been heavily involved with the first team during pre-season, picking up a lot of game time and a goal.  Henley travelled to Asia with the seniors as they took on Blackburn in Hong Kong.

Elliott Hewitt (Macclesfield - defender) Will be another youngster on the edge of the first team this season.  Right back Hewitt picked up an assist for the winning goal as they beat Notts County 1-0.

Gerwyn Jones (DC United - defender) The left sided centre half is still playing for DC United U23. He still has 2 years of qualification for the U21's, and now injury free. He is highly thought of at the club, but cannot play in the MLS until after January 2013 due to the terms of his scholarship with Loyola University.

Jack Mackreth (Barrow - midfielder) Has signed for Barrow after parting company with Tranmere over the summer.  

Josh Pike (Swansea - defender) 2nd year scholar made his senior debut over summer in a  pre season friendly. Josh started & finished the game in defence.

Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City - defender) & James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Have seen pre-season hampered slightly after picking up injuries during games.  Ribeiro jarred his knee while Wilson has picked up a hamstring injury.  They have been joined in preparations by Wales youth international Aaron Holloway-Ahmedi (Bristol City - defender/midfielder/striker).

Jake Taylor (Reading - midfielder) Will spend the next month on loan at Aldershot as he looks to get some league experience under his belt.  Taylor made his debut for the Shots in a 2-1 defeat against Brentford.  
Jon Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Spent a lot of time around the first team over pre-season, culminating in time on the field during the fixture against Wycombe.  Williams is highly rated by the Eagles coaching staff and his chance could come sooner, rather than later.

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