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Stars of future sign up

5 April 2016

Accrington Stanley's stars of the future were presented to the fans at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Cambridge.

The group of  eight Under 16s have been provisionally offered a youth team Under 18s contract for next season.

Those who have been offered a two-year full-time youth scholarship are:

Joel Mills, Harry Waterhouse, Jack Burgess, Jack Randell, Tom Reilly, Niall Watson, Zehn Mohammed and Nathan Wolland.

Most of these players have featured in the youth team this season and, with  the current second year scholarship students on a loan programme, this group will feature heavily over the last seven games of the season.

The youth team is on target to finish in the highest position and with its biggest points tally and also had a successful FA Youth Cup run which only ended when they lost to Premiership side Crystal Palace.

The boys will start their full-time football programme in pre-season towards the end of June /early July and their education will begin in September.

Andy Gray, assistant 18s coach and head of education, said: “It's great to see players signing scholarships. Some have been with us from Under 9s/10s.

"It's also great for the Academy that our school's links are showing progress with recruitment as signing Zehn was part of our development with QEGS.

"We have a great team within the Academy all working together and the progress on the field is been matched off it.”

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