Academy Players Of The Month – December

Following Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads, we celebrated our Academy Players of the Month for December inside The Venue building.

Presenting the awards this time around was Academy players’ favourite, Ryan Brobbel.

Below, the players’ coaches explain the reasons behind their choices.

U7 – William Hughes

William has been a breath of fresh air since joining the Academy recently and has made a huge impact. Filled with energy and excitement at every contact, William really affects the intensity and energy of everyone around him.

Recently we have seen William’s technical side really improve, developing his current skills, while also adding new skills to his game to help him in 1v1 situations.

As well as his skills, William has been showing off his talent in goal, especially during our indoor technical sessions on Fridays! Well done Will!

U8 – Luke Moore

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Luke and watching him improve. Luke has the ability to play in a variety of positions which is very good for himself and the team.

Luke’s decision making in possession is outstanding for his age and you rarely see him lose the ball. Luke is a joy to coach and takes on board all information brilliantly with a great attitude to learn.

Also collecting was Lucas Lane from last month.

U9 – Kiarn Darby

An ever-present at training, Kiarn has really shown his high levels of quality in all contacts this past month. 

Although he’s technically very good, Kiarn has further improved his passing and receiving skills, showing real courage to pick the ball up near his goal and find a way out.

Kiarn’s quality and infectious personality has seen him challenge himself, training with two older age groups in the past month as well. Well done Kiarn!

U10 – Harry Lloyd

Harry has made a great impression on coaches and players at the club since joining recently. Harry has such a bubbly, infectious personality.

He has shown a really good understanding to our playing philosophy and shows great confidence when answering questions in relation to working topics or learning objectives.

I’m delighted with the impact he has made already in his short time with the club and look forward to watching his continued development.

U11 – Cruz Jones

Cruz has been brilliant for us all season, but had a particularly impressive December, which included two stand-out performances vs Port Vale and Cambrian.

Cruz has been with us for a number of seasons now and has a great understanding of our TNS DNA. We’re delighted with Cruz’s progress and are excited about his potential. Well done “Cruzman!”

U12 – Gruff Hamer

Gruff is an extremely exciting player, with a real unpredictability about his play. He can go inside or outside, and I know I’d really hate to defend against him!

As an attacker, he has the ability to beat you with his pace, skills and even with a pass, and his game intelligence has really developed, seeing and executing some outrageous things.

Gruff has adapted really well since joining the U12s to play a year up and has been a huge part of the team in the FAW League fixtures. His bubbly personality and funny comments make everyone laugh in the changing rooms too, where he also plays a massive part in the group. Well done Gruff!

U13 – Josh Davies-Sewell

Josh joined The New Saints Academy last summer and has gone from strength to strength in that time. Josh is one of the most technically gifted players of a very good technical group.

His close ball control and skills are right up there with the best players throughout our Academy. Josh has a great attitude and continues to improve weekly. Keep up the great work.

U14 – Harvey Greig

Harvey thoroughly deserves player of the month for December. He has started to take more responsibility within the group which is great to see and another area of the ‘person behind the player’ development we try and implement.

He has been fantastic in training and also matches, adding a more determined work rate to his game. Keep up the hard work Harvey.

U15 – Gabe Pebeyre

Gabe has a been a consistent performer for us all season and is an integral part of our team both on and off the pitch. Gabe’s commitment, mindset and attitude is exemplary and it’s great to see how much he’s progressed over the past eighteen months. Gabe contributed massively to a very successful December for our team which included a MOTM performance in our win vs Wrexham. Keep up the great work Gabe.

U16 – Dylan Dwyer

I’ve been delighted with Dylan’s progress and performances all season. Dylan has a fantastic attitude, mindset and always put 100% into everything he does.

As a full-back, Dylan contributes massively to our attacking play with goals and assists, but is also very hard to beat defensively. We’re all very excited about Dylan’s potential and believe he’ll only continue to develop next season after obtaining a Scholarship with us. Well done Dyl.

U19 – Regan Jones

Regan has been outstanding this month, consistently performing to a very high level, and has shown his ability both as a defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder.

Speaking after the awards, Head of Academy, Jason Brindley, said:

“Congratulations to all winners of Player of the Month for December. It was a great month, not just from festivities, but also experiences and opportunities for our young Saints.

“We had the Christmas parade through Oswestry on our TNS float, which is always a great day. This year we had record numbers of players on the float, all having a great time.

“We also had some great fixtures against teams such as Stoke City and Port Vale, as well as enjoying the Winter Futsal Programme.

“And we celebrated Christmas together at The Venue, with all age groups having great Christmas parties.

“We look back at the 12 months past and reflect. We also look forward and start planning on how we can improve. There’re lots of exciting additions in the pipeline and I’m relishing the challenge of continuing to improve our youth provision.

“Thank you to Ryan Brobbel for presenting the awards and to Brian Jones for capturing the presentation.”