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21 April 2017

Eleven take first step on long road to first-team

Eleven new scholars will join the Town Academy next season.

The boys, who all featured for Blues in last night’s Hospital Cup game against Norwich at Portman Road, were back at the stadium this morning to be welcomed officially to the Club. 

Academy manager Lee O’Neill and Town MD, Ian Milne, showed the players and their parents around the ground, before hosting a lunch. 

The boys will begin their two year scholarship in July. They are:     

Toby Egan
The goalkeeper of the group. A strong minded individual, he joined the Club relatively late at the age of 14 but has impressed with his hard work ethic and determination to do well.

Dylan Crowe
A local boy who joined the Club at the age of 12. An attacking full-back and has been involved in the England set up over the past two seasons.  

Ashton Henry
Joined the Club during the U10 season and has been ever present since. A defender who reads the game well. A quiet lad but a very popular member of the group. 

Luca Vega
Been associated with the Club since the age of seven. A left sided defender throughout his time here. Dual nationality with a proud Italian background.

Bailey Clements
Left sided defender who has been here since the age of seven. A local boy , he has regularly played in the U18s this season and is the captain of the U16 side.

Henry Barley
Attacking left sided player. A different route into the Academy as he came through the development programme and then joined at the age of 12. 

Kian Ronan
A Gibraltar international this season with future call ups to continue. The most versatile player, he has been with the Club since the age of eight. 

Idris El Mizouni
A versatile defensive player who has come over from France. Has been offered scholarship after successful trial periods this season.

Armando Dobra
Joined the Club during the U15 season and made an immediate impact. Is a goalscoring midfielder with plenty of energy and aggression. 

Luenes Foudil
Another player who has signed from France. A midfielder who can play a number of positions and was successful in gaining a scholarship after impressing whilst on trial.

Thomas Hughes
Another player who has been with Town since the age of seven. A local boy with the Club in his heart. Attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker. 

Town's U18 manager, Alan Lee is full of optimism for the new recruits, and is looking forward to working with them all from next season.

"I've been in their shoes and it's a really exciting time," he told the Club website.

"There's so much ahead of them, and I know them quite well because a lot of them have had experience in the 18s this season.

"They've become professional, so the hard work starts now. It's a tough environment, being in full-time football, but we've got some good characters, and some good players so we'll do what we can to make educate them on what they need to do going forward."

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