A Youth Round Up
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 23 February 2016 at 8:46pm
Yesterday was a big day for one of our U16s, Alfie Lewis, as he made his U21 debut in the 1-1 draw v Wolves last night. He is the third schoolboy after Idris Kanu and Conor Coventry to feature for the development squad and, those three are likely to sign scholarship deals commencing in the summer. The club are not making any final decisions until March – which is much better as it gives them more time to impress the coaches but the downside is that if any are sadly let go, they will have less time to find a club.
Sam Ford was on target for the U21s and I am not sure if he has signed permanently. The club have made no official announcement regarding this but there was an article published on the official site regarding the game – here on his first goal for the club. However he has already netted for the U18s before so I am assuming the club either mean for the U21s or, if he has joined on a permanent basis. Ford told whufc.com “It’s nice to get off to a good start and hopefully that’s the first of many” which could imply he will be joining full time at some point, and the club also said “Having impressed during his claret and blue bow, Ford is targeting a strong end to the rest of the season.” As soon either myself or Ex finds anything out, we shall keep you updated.
Finally, second year scholar Ross Elsom has joined Histon on loan for the rest of the season. For most of the campaign he was at Tilbury with goalkeeper Clarke Bogard and netted a 15 minute hat-trick for them in November but, after finding playing time quite limited in recent weeks, he has joined up with Histon instead for the rest of the season. One notable player in Histon’s side is defender Miles Smith – part of West Ham’s U18s from 2008 to 2010.
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