The New Saints FC are proud to announce that 6 of our Academy players have been selected to represent Mid Wales in the Cymru Cup. Managing the players throughout the tournament is our head of development Steve Benyon.
Four of the players are from our U14 age group, with two from our U13s.
We spoke to coaches Jason Brindley and Calum Williams about their players that were selected.
Haci is a player who was really matured this season. He is quick, reads the game well and is very brave. He can play on the left side but has really come on as a centre half. He is confident and calm on the ball. Haci won the U14s players player of the season, so it shows how much his teammates appreciate him. I feel he has all the hallmarks of a TNS player in the future.
Sam is one of the newer players to the club, only joining midway through last season. I was instantly impressed with his attitude and he fitted in seamlessly, into an already very good squad. He has a fantastic cross on him and is technically very good.
James is one of the most fully committed players in the U14s age group. He is strong on the ball and very quick. James can fit in at left back as well as playing left wing. He has a deadly left foot on him and is always lively. You know you will get 100% with James.
Jack has had an unbelievable season and I couldn’t be more proud. He is good with both feet, strong on the ball and has an eye for goal. Jack has the desire in him to reach the top. He’s always asking for extra training and would play every minute of every day if he could, such is his love for the game. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Robert has had a very impressive season this year and has been an important player within the under 13’s team. His distribution out from the back is a huge strength of his and he has helped the team throughout the season keep possession of the ball and switch the play effectively. Also his confidence when in one on one situations is also a strength of his that stands out. After picking up players player of the season it goes to show how much his teammates appreciate his hard work in training and his performances in games. Fully deserves his Cymru cup call up.
Ryan has once again had a flawless season and hasn’t put a foot wrong throughout the year. He has stood out in every game and training session and has caught the eye of every coach from other teams the 13’s have come up against. Being captain of the team he takes responsibility, takes charge of defensive situations and his performance always motivates players around him. Strengths of his include reading situations on the pitch, winning the ball in front of opposition and always being calm on the ball when in possession. I feel he will give a very good account of himself at the Cymru cup.
Overall it has been a fantastic season for the players and the Academy as a whole. The fact that twice the number of players have been selected this season from last shows the growth of the Academy and the fact that we are developing and educating the right type of player.
We spoke to Steve Benyon, who said:
“First of all I would like to thank the FAW for giving me this fantastic opportunity to be head coach of the central Wales squad, and select a very talented set of players to represent central wales to compete against strong north, South and regional squads. The competition will be unbelievable with fantastic talent on show. The decision to pick 15 of the best players within the area was a difficult one but credit to Ryan and Rob from the under 13’s and Haci, James, Jack and Sam from the under 14’s. A real credit to the club and their fantastic coaches Cal Williams and Jase Brindley for continuing to develop these players. I look forward to working with these players down in Newport as well as for many years to come.”