Former academy players (2013-2016)

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Rather than start separate threads for players who haven't yet begun their professional careers, I thought I'd do a thread into which they can all go, as they are starting to turn 17/18 years of age. The focus here is on the scholars and younger players who were released when the academy was shut down in 2016.

Ollie O’Neill, who began a scholarship at Fulham, has just signed his first professional contract.

https://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2020/february/20/o-neill-and-page-go-pro

Lewis Richards was voted Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2018-19 Academy Player of the Year and has been an unused substitute for the first team on one occasion so far this season.

https://www.expressandstar.com/spor...-richards-has-the-drive-to-succeed-at-wolves/
https://int.soccerway.com/players/lewis-richards/509216/

Xavier Simons, who moved to Chelsea, has just signed his first professional contract.

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2020/02/21/teenage-kicks--xavier-simons
 
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Seems we had some really good players on the books when we shut the academy down. What a tough decision that must have been.
 

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Seems we had some really good players on the books when we shut the academy down. What a tough decision that must have been.
They would likely have been taken off our hands for the 'paltry sum' of £55,000 and we would not have been anywhere near having blooded as may as we have with the 'B' team model in my opinion.
 

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Yeah, we definitely made the right decision, but ultimately we'll never know how many of them would have stayed. We sold the club project at the time as 'stay here, rather than making another move, and you can make your debut here when you otherwise wouldn't' and many players and parents bought into that. The problem then occurs when an offer from a big club does come in when you're a 16 year old, does it then become too tempting to pass up.

Good luck to them all though wherever they are, it certainly wouldn't have been easy as young people being told that their academy is shutting down when they'd invested so much in it. We may well have missed out on one or two but we'll never quite know.
 

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Yeah, we definitely made the right decision, but ultimately we'll never know how many of them would have stayed. We sold the club project at the time as 'stay here, rather than making another move, and you can make your debut here when you otherwise wouldn't' and many players and parents bought into that. The problem then occurs when an offer from a big club does come in when you're a 16 year old, does it then become too tempting to pass up.

Good luck to them all though wherever they are, it certainly wouldn't have been easy as young people being told that their academy is shutting down when they'd invested so much in it. We may well have missed out on one or two but we'll never quite know.
Easy to say that when theres no major interest, i would like to see those parents who moaned at the time of it closing telling their lads to stay with us when Man City and Man Utd come calling if we had stayed open............ ala Poveda and Bohui.
 

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Heard that Leeds are looking to loan out Poveda for the season.
 

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Khyreece Smith-Reid who was in the youth system between 2011-15 (cheers Linkedin!) is with Dunstable Town for the season.
 

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Glad to see some doing well.
I’m still awaiting indications that BFC have missed out on billions and billions in lost transfer fees from this
Well Tyrick Mitchell seems to be doing well for one.

The real comparison will probably be in 5 years time I suppose. But there's so many uncertainties such as would we have kept the players we had like Mitchell anyway (likely not) and would we still have signed players like Forss regardless of if we had an academy (no idea).
 

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Well Tyrick Mitchell seems to be doing well for one.

The real comparison will probably be in 5 years time I suppose. But there's so many uncertainties such as would we have kept the players we had like Mitchell anyway (likely not) and would we still have signed players like Forss regardless of if we had an academy (no idea).
Of course we would have kept those players, the parents would have been loyal to us, they all said so on Twitter didn’t they when they were slating us for closing our academy...
Poveda and Bohul were prime examples....oh...wait...🤣🤣
 

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Edgware Town FC are delighted to announce the signing of Colombian full-back Juan Pablo Velasco, who played for Pirin Blagoevgrad last season in the Bulgarian 2nd Division and previously for Club Deportivo Lugo in Spain. As a youth team player Juan came through the academies of Brentford and Tottenham.
 

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