Academy Players Of The Month – September 2017

Many thanks to Jason Brindley for the following report and to Adrian Cieslewicz for making the presentations, along with Greg Draper for the later on.


Under 7s – Harry Harrison

Harry has led by example and is a fine role model amongst the new squad. He is always willing to help others and  is fantastic to coach.


Under 8s – Luke Hodge

Luke hasn’t missed a training session during September, always applying himself 100%. Playing matches with the TNS philosophy of playing out from the back and being composed and confident on the ball whilst completing his defending duties, a joy to coach.


Under 9s – Leighton Selley

Leighton has not missed a single training session or match yet. That is fantastic commitment and is showing as he is now very versatile and adapts when needed. He can play 2/3 different positions on the pitch and has a phenomenal understanding of the game for an 8 year old.


Under 10s – Louis Irving

Louis has attended every training session this month and it has shown with a number of brilliant performances in defence. Louie has shown his love for tackling, by winning the ball however means possible and playing forward, by breaking lines to start attacks. His performance against Caernarfon was one of many great games, as he battled for everything and never stopped.


Under 11s – Alfie Harrison

Alfie has been awarded U11’s Player Of The Month for some standout performances during September in particular versus Newton and Caernarfon. An ever-present in training, Alfie’s always looking to improve his game and works very hard to be the best he can. Alfie loves a trick too, always looking to embarrass his teammates and coaches by trying to meg them in training.


Under 12s – Henry Green

Henry has continued his great start to the season making eye-catching saves and always trying to play out from the back in possession.


Under 13s – Steff Walker

Steff has made a fantastic impact since joining The New Saints FC Academy. He is ever-present at training and has already shown a great understanding of our playing philosophy.


Under 14s – Josh Lock

Josh has had a fantastic month for our U14’s with some amazing performances vs Airbus and Cefn Druids. Josh is an incredibly talented, clever and infectious individual who is always looking to learn and improve.

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Under 15s – Ryan Morgan

Ryan is another new player with our Under 15s. He is versatile and is technically very good. Ryan has shown a brilliant commitment to training and matches, even coming in when he has been injured and ill to support his team mates but also to make sure he doesn’t miss any important info in training.

Under 16s – Ryan McVeagh

Ryan has made a great addition to our eldest Academy age group since joining in the summer. Ryan shows a great attitude to improve and works tirelessly for his team. He is equally adept at playing centre half as he is in the heart of  the midfield and has a good understanding of the game and the TNS playing Philosophy.

E1’s – Callum Jones

The Professional Phase E1 player of the month award goes to Callum Jones. Has worked tirelessly both on and off the pitch looking to improve, as well as representing the first team recently (against Flint Town United) and not looking out of place. Well done Callum, from your coaches and your fellow players.

E2’s – Byron Bingham

Since joining the Professional Phase, Byron has continued to improve by working hard both on and off the pitch to push himself to the best of his ability. Has made some vital saves for the currently unbeaten Professional Phase side who sit pretty at the top of the table.


Jason Brindley commented:

“Congratulations to our September players of the month. September has been an extremely busy and exciting one for the club and our Academy.

We have had some standout fixtures for our Academy, including games against Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Everton, as well as our U12/14/16s progressing to the FAW Academy Super6, topping their groups.

Our new players are really starting to learn our philosophy and playing style, showing a great understanding, which is really good. Our training programme is in full flow. All players have shown a great attitude to our working programme.

I’m also happy that we have included our ‘Professional Phase’ players for the first time as it’s great for our youngest players to see, especially with the likes of Callum Jones being on the bench for the first team (making his debut against Flint Town United) and coming on against Wolves (in a friendly). They can see the pathway that they are working towards.”


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