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First team level is not the only one where we have been signing promising young talent. Academy manager Neil Bath takes us through the new Under-17s at Cobham. Twelve youngsters have signed with us as full-time scholars, working with the Academy staff at our state-of-the-art facilities, and are settling into the routine.

James Ashton

'James has been with us since Under-9 and is a local boy from the Kent area. He is quite versatile,e capable of playing full-back or in attacking midfield. He is very good technically and reads the game well.'

Billy Clifford

'Like James he has been with us a long time, and is from the Middlesex area. Similarly he can play wide, at full-back or in midfield, and is a very competitive player.'

Aziz Deen-Conteh

'Aziz joined us a little later. We had a large group of local boys but Aziz came in as a 13-year-old, and is from Deptford, so an inner-city boy. He is left-sided, and has played mainly at left-back but also on the left wing, having come to us as a forward. He is very strong and powerful, and is a good crosser of the ball.

Bobby Devyne

'Bobby joined us at Under-13, and hails from Friern Barnet. He came in on a Talent ID day that our scouts organised. An attacking player, Bobby is very quick and clever in one-on-one situations.'

Rohan Ince (pictured below)

'Another one to have been with us since Under-9, Rohan is a local boy from Ashford, Middlesex. He is versatile, he has played plenty of times for the youth team at centre-half, but his preferred position would probably be midfield. He reads the game well, is box-to-box and of a good size.'


Billy Knott (pictured top left)

'Billy joined us at Under-12 in a swap deal, and has had a long-term injury but is now back in training. He was outstanding in the dancing competition in front of the first team that the new lads have to do, and is a clever, quick, competitive left-sided player who can also go inside.'

Milan Lalkovic

'He joined us at Under-14 when his family moved over from Slovakia. A wide player who is very quick and predominantly right-sided, Milan can play anywhere across the front three.'

Josh McEachran (pictured top right)

'Josh is from Oxford, and has been with us since the age of eight. In terms of game awareness and understanding, he is very clever and almost above his age group, at times he looks like an experienced old pro. Left-sided, he is a very clever and creative player.'

Philipp Prosenik

'A new boy who joins us as an Austrian international, a number nine centre-forward. He has only spent two weeks with us and seems a smashing lad, working really hard but we are yet to see him in an actual game here. He came from our scouting network as a target man who can also run in behind, with a good goals-to-games ratio.'

Anton Rodgers

'Anton joined us at Under-13 from Reading, he is a midfield player that can hold or attack, and is technically very good, particularly with his strong range of passing.'

Ben Sampayo

'Ben is from Essex and joined us at Under-14 level. He is a very quick right-back, who hasn't been in as much as the other boys, needing to get the balance between school and Academy last season. We hope going full-time that a lot of progress will now be made.'

George Saville

'George joined us at Under-13, and is originally from Fleet in Hampshire. He is a left-back and brother of Jack, who was with us until last season. He reads the game very well and is very competitive.'

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anyone else got some thoughts on some of these new kids? that's alot of kids for one new season.

It is not that many really. The key point is that only 1 player actually brought in from another club in Prosenik which is excellant and shows that our academy is really starting to generate.

Like i said, this group is a very talented group. Rohan Ince, Milan Lalkovic and Josh McEachran have already played plenty of games at U18's level and have done very well.

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