We celebrated our Academy Players of the Month during our opening JD Cymru Premier fixture against Caernarfon Town, as those recognised for their achievements throughout July collected awards on the pitch at half-time.
First team defender Chris Marriott did the honours this time around, with Head of Academy, Jason Brindley, taking us through each of the winners below.
Under 7s – Michael Bradshaw
Congratulations to Michael, from our youngest Academy age group – our Under 7s.
Michael always plays with a smile on his face and with lots of energy. He has shown a great attitude in training, always listening and has demonstrated good learning of our Saints Skills in recent weeks.
Under 8s – Ollie Burrell
In the short time ollie has been with us at TNS, he’s shown that he has very good technical ability with a football and a great attitude towards training and matches.
Also noticeable is that Ollie’s confidence has increased both on the pitch and also off the pitch with his teammates in the dressing room. Ollie deserves this recognition for how well he has progressed in such a short space of time.
Under 9s – Kiarn Darby
Since joining TNS, Kiarn has been a breath of fresh air. A hard working and energetic player with an eye for a pass (and goal), Kiarn has worked really hard in both training sessions and games this past month.
His ability to recognise pressure and draw players in with a touch to beat them is something I really admire. Well done Kiarn, very well deserved!
Under 10s – Jenson McArdle
Well done to Under 10s player Jenson on a fantastic July.
Jenson gives the team energy and provides forward driving runs which gives the team goals and assists. Jenson is also very important from the other point of view, defending well for the team.
Under 11s – Leighton Selley
Leighton has begun the new season in fantastic form, with several standout performances, in particular vs Fleetwood, Colorado Rapids and Stoke City.
Leighton is a tough tackling defender who reads the game well and always gives 100% for his team/teammates.
In addition to this, Leighton’s passing range, dribbling skills and footballing brain contribute massively to our possession based style of play.
Keep up the great work Leighton.
Under 12s – Harrison Randall
So far this season, H has shown his incredible knowledge of our DNA in the way he plays. Over the past few season, Harrison has come more and more out of his shell socially, and the more confidence he displays, the better his performance.
The way he can receive the ball anywhere on the pitch and ooze class is fantastic. He very rarely loses the ball and is always in the right place to support or win the ball back. Well done H, very well deserved!
Under 13s – Isaac Godwin
Isaac has had a fantastic pre-season with some standout performances for our Under 13s, most notably leading the line against Stoke City and scoring some fantastic goals in the process.
Isaac has a fantastic attitude, always listening, asking and answering questions and it’s clear to see he is learning in the process. I’m looking forward to working closer with Isaac and developing his TTMP review.
Under 14 – Ieaun Jones-Welstead
Ieaun ended last season very well, and has picked up exactly where he left off this time around.
He has added more of an end product to his play, which was something we had discussed in his last couple of review meetings. Ieaun works tirelessly for his team, has a great attitude and attendance to training.
Under 15 – Dan Burnett
Congratulations to Under 15s attacking player Dan Burnett, who has continued to impress and improve over the past month or so.
He has started to develop more of an understanding of where/when to release the ball, as well as knowing his surroundings better.
Dan has also made the step up with our U16s in games and sessions and has added to the quality of an already good group.
Under 16 – Ellis Turner
Ellis has returned for pre-season in amazing form, with several standout performances. In addition to this, Ellis has been working hard in training and in the gym.
Ellis is superb at receiving/protecting the ball in tight areas, is an excellent dribbler and has a good range of passing. Keep up the great work Ellis!
Under 19 – Ethan Short
Ethan has continued where he left off last season and continues to excite the staff with his ability to pick the ball up in space between the opposition lines, and his tenacity when winning the ball back for his team.
Ethan has shown huge improvement already this season during a variety of different fixtures for the U19s, as well as impressing staff in a first team game. If he keeps his feet on the ground, I’m sure he’ll get many more opportunities.
College player – Ryan Smith
Ryan has shown a first class attitude to training and games since he came back in for pre-season as a first year scholar, including some impressive performances and goals from a variety of different positions in the Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy.
Ryan is a hardworking and likeable lad, who has potentially got a very successful season ahead with the U19s if he continues to display these qualities.
Speaking after the awards were presented, Jason said:
“Overall, as we reflect, July was a brilliant month for our club. Our first team were competing in European competitions against some huge clubs and our new and improved Academy programme started.
“It’s the longest and most detailed programme we have ever run and we have already seen the benefits. Our pre-season fixture programme has been extensive and we have already played some fantastic fixtures, with the groups are bonding really well.
“Congratulations to all of our Players of the Month, I’m really excited for the season ahead.”