Academy Players Of The Month – November

During the half-time interval at last Saturday’s home match against Cardiff Metropolitan University, we celebrated our Academy players of the month for November.

First-team striker, Greg Draper, presented each of the winners with their awards on the pitch.

Head of Academy, Jason Brindley, talks us through each of the winners below.

Under 7 – Macsen Baker

Macsen has really developed as a player since joining TNS, working hard on his IDP and adding new skills to his locker. Macsen is a fantastic passer of the ball and shows a really mature attitude towards his teammates. For an U7s player, Macsen is very unselfish and would rather assist a teammate than score.

Under 8 – Spencer Taylor
For Spencer to be our U8’s player of the month winner is all the more impressive considering he’s actually an U7 who’s be playing up an age group for the majority of the season. Spencer is a talented player who has excellent dribbling skills, makes good decisions in possession and is able to outplay his opponents in lots of different 1v1 scenarios.
We’ve been working on Spencer’s body positioning when receiving the ball recently too. He can now attack his opponent quicker, and his progress was very evident in our recent fixture vs Everton. Well done Spence, keep up the great work.
Under 9 – Jack Parry
Jack’s recently signed and fitted in really well. He gives the whole team an added confidence, with his excellent performances and passing ability, playing the TNS way, playing out from the back, as well as having the ability to clip the ball to wingers when being pressed high. Great start Jack keep it up.
Under 10 – Leighton Selly
Leighton has taken on a lot of information within the month and has reacted well to this by performing well in training sessions and games. Leighton has also been invited to play & train with the U11s numerous times this month, because of his hard work and top standards within his own age group. Well done!

Under 11 – Jayden Valentine
As a new addition to the team, Jayden has come in and made a massive impact. His fast feet and quick thinking, along with the freedom of his play, make him a key part of the team. His standout performance was at Leicester City, where he combined with Aden to cause loads of problems, while showing his skills and outrageous flicks.
His cheeky personality and the quality in his play has seen him integrate into the group very quickly. Well done Jayden! Keep up the great work!

Under 12 – Rhys Pettigrew
Rhys has really impressed recently in both training and matches. A very intelligent player with an eye for a pass, he’s really important to the way we play, unlocking opposition defences with split passes, weight and the timing. He has taken on recent review points and has added a more aggressive press, as well as heading technique. Well done Rhys.
Under 13 – Alfie Clark
Alfie has continued to impress since joining our Academy. The brother of first-team player Ben, Alfie shows great commitment and has characteristics of a leader, always encouraging and driving team mates on. He’s very popular and has a great personality to match. Definitely well deserved.
Under 14 – Harry McVeigh

Since Harry had the news from Everton Academy that he’d been let go, a lot of 13/14 year olds would have let that affect them and use it as a setback. With Harry, he has seen this as an opportunity to work harder and be better and used this as motivation. He’s put in some fantastic performances throughout November and Harry has also not missed any training sessions since returning.

Under 15 – Dylan Dwyer

Dylan has been a consistent performer for our U15’s all season and is every coaches’ dream to work with. Dylan’s ability to manipulate the ball in tight areas is incredible, along with his decision making in and around the box, as well as his desire to press/regain the ball in transition.

We’ve been working on Dylan’s relationship with our full-backs as one of his IDPs over the past few weeks and it was great to see us score 3 goals vs Rochdale from attacking in wide areas. Keep up the great work Dyl.

Under 16 – Ryan Smith

After suffering several injuries at the start of the season, Ryan continually worked hard towards regaining his fitness and this month is where he started to perform at a level I know he can play at.

He’s been the standout player among the group for a number of weeks and has worked terrifically hard in his games. I’m so pleased to have him fully fit and his attitude towards getting himself fit again was brilliant.

Under 19 – James Rutter

James has adapted well to life as a full-time performance phase player after a difficult start. His movement and energy anywhere across the front 4 is frightening and he has scored some vital goals already this month. A very well liked character within the phase and James continues to go from strength to strength.

Speaking afterwards, Jason said:

“Congratulations to all of our Academy players of the month for November. November has been an exciting month for all involved, with some exciting fixtures for our youngsters, as well as the Academy Cup Super6 beginning for our U12/14/16s.

“The New Saints Academy are the only Academy from North Wales that have qualified with all age groups since starting, and we are very proud of this.

“We now approach the half-way stage of our Academy programme and the development of all players in the first-half has been superb. Every evening, The Venue is alive with energy. It’s a great place to be to learn and develop your football skills and knowledge.

“Players of the month are chosen on different aspects, including quality in training, attitude, commitment and behavior. These are just a couple. It’s proving difficult to chose just one, due to the quality of the players, which makes winning the award even better. Well done all!”



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