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Academy News

As has been seen recently with the raft of trialists looked at, Blues are endeavouring to find new young players to beef up the Academy and improve the throughput to the first team. Last week, head of Academy recruitment Matt Newberry and assistant Academy director Mike Dodds paid a visit to an Irish academy to look at the some of the talent coming through there.

This piece, from the Fingal Independent last week talks about the success the NDSL (North Dublin Soccer Leagues) academy has been having, providing players for the Irish national youth set up, and about the visit paid them by the duo from the Blues Academy. Evidently they were impressed, as trials have now been arranged for players from the NDSL Academy at Wast Hills.

I’m pleased when I read stories like this; it shows the commitment of Blues to building the Academy infrastructure and that Blues are looking to improve their record on bringing young players into the first team.

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6 Responses to “Academy News”

  • maurice walters says:

    always good news bringing young blood through the academy waiting for them to go to the real goldmine of africa to find a gem kro

  • jazzzy786 says:

    With finances as they are this may be the ONLY way forward for hard up teams like our ours.

    • john kerr says:

      Totally agree Jazzzy. A VERY reliable source has said that the financial situation at blues is a lot worse than people know about and all will be revealed after the season has ended. On a better note, Villa have been told they need to shed £10 million from there wage bill, so there will be a few leaving there.

  • DoctorD says:

    Well said jazzzy786.

  • BowThai says:

    EVEN GIVEN OUR FINANCIAL STATE,YOUTH GENERATION IS THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL THRU OUT THE UK,GIVING LOCAL TALENT(BHAM AND OUTSIDE) QUALITY COACHING AND THEN THIER HEAD IN THE 1ST TEAM SET UP.I CAN REMEMBER THE FRANCIS ERA AND THE MANY LOCAL LADS PLAYING TOGETHER FROM KIDS,MATES AND 1ST TEAMERS.GREAT TO SEE AND TO SUPPORT, WITH THIER HEARTS IN THIER GAME FOR THE CLUB WHO GAVE THEM THIER CHANCE EARLY IN THIER CAREERS.KRO,WHOEVER CH PICKS.

  • Isaac Vivian Alexander says:

    It was the appalling lack of foresight by the Gold/Sulley/Brady axis which caused our already languishing youth set-up to fall light years behind even the likes of Crewe, Middlesbrough and Ipswich back in the early 90s. I think the gist from KB at the time was along the lines of: “Why grow your own beans, when you can buy them at the supermarket?” Sadly, if memory serves, Barry Fry went along with/actively encouraged it as well. It’s taken more than 15 years to even begin to repair the damage.


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