A challenging but successful season for our Under 18's squad.
Ryan Kidd described this season as his most challenging one yet. Playing a total of 36 games, 1 FA Youth Cup, 4 Lancashire FA Youth Cup, and 31 League Alliance.
The 2016/17 season started well for the Under 18’s, as Kidd had all of his team together, winning their first 7 League games, and starting to get scholars on the pathway to the First Team, with Jacob Bedeau going over the fence to join in training.
Shortly after this, the Youth lost a couple of games, along with loosing another scholar to the First Team, Callum Styles. With the First Team getting injuries like they did, it had a massive effect on the Youth Team, as it saw another them loose another scholar, Ryan Cooney.
The Youth Team were a small squad anyway, so this meant them having to bring up Under 16 players from the Youth Development Phase. However, they’ve done Kidd proud, holding their own, with mixed results throughout the season. There have been some really strong performances, which only shows the potential they have for next season.
Ryan firmly believes that this season has been their most productive one yet. “In terms of the League, we are looking to finish mid-table, but looking at the bigger picture, we sold Jacob Beadau to Aston Villa, Liam Williams moved on to Sheffield Wednesday and Emeka Obi went to Liverpool, so I lost 3 centre half’s in around a month, which are very hard to replace at this level”.
As the season progressed, Ryan saw his current and past players continue to develop. “Callum Styles became a First Team regular. George Miller, last year’s centre forward has gone on to score 8 goals in League One this year for Bury, so I am delighted about that. Scott Burgess has done well, and got himself a professional contract. Jacob Bedeau got into the First Team at aged 16 and sold to Aston Villa for a non-disclosed fee. When we look at it, we have earnt a lot of money for the Football Club”.
“I am so proud of everyone in the Youth Department; it has been a massive team effort. We have got so much to look forward too. We have got some outstanding talent in the Academy. I am sure that next year is going to be as fruitful as this year in terms of players getting into the First Team, but I believe we will be more competitive in the League as well.”
The Youth Team finishes the Youth Alliance League in 6th position. We would like to wish all of the second years which were released last week, the best of luck and thank them for their time and efforts contributed to the Club. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the parents of the scholars for their support throughout the season, traveling to watch both home and away games.
The Youth Team return for pre-season training on Monday 26th June 2017 with the fixtures being released July 2017.
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