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Academy talents inducted as Scholars for new season

12 youngsters making the step up to U18 football

4 July 2019

It's a well-known fact that 52 players have come through our famed Academy ranks to play for our first team, and earlier this week, our latest intake of Scholars signed on to become Under-18 players for the new season.


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This is a key landmark in the career of any Academy player, as they head into a new phase of their development with the club.

And for 12 of our young players, they were invited along with their families to the Royals Suite at Madejski Stadium, to be officially inducted as Scholars for the new season.

The day-long session gave the players plenty of education on what will be expected of them as they advance to Under-18 football on a full-time basis, although many of them have already had a taster of that level of football by stepping up from younger age groups.

Stepping up as Scholars will also include a transition to a full-time training programme, while playing competitive matches in the U18 Premier League and FA Youth Cup against fellow Category One Academies around the country - while combining their footballing education with the continuation of their academic studies.

The youngsters making the step up are:

Nelson Abbey
Alfie Anderson
Coniah Boyce-Clarke
Harvey Collins
Jordan Hamilton
Nahum Melvin-Lambert
Claudio Osorio
Lynford Sackey
Imari Samuels
Malachi Talent-Aryeetey
Dejan Tetek
Yaw Turkson

Last season saw the emergence of an abundance of Academy talent, with Andy Rinomhota winning the club's Player of the Season award alongside the development of the likes of Danny Loader and Josh Barrett in a first team environment.

Several Academy youngsters also made their debuts, with Gabriel Osho, Tom McIntyre, Michael Olise, Ryan East and Teddy Howe all earning senior minutes in 2018-19.

These young players are now all progressing in their Academy journey as they hope to one day follow in the footsteps of the 52 graduates to precede them.

On a landmark day for our young players, Academy Manager, Ged Roddy said: "This is a really special group of players. I've said it many times now, but it's a part of this great legacy that's been created at this club over many years.

"These boys all started at our club 10 years ago and they've grown up with us, so it's a big day for them and their families.

"But, of course, as we've told them, the hard work starts now. But what they've got to do now is look across the training ground at Hogwood and see a really large number of homegrown players now featuring in our first team squad.

"These guys know that this is a special club from the perspective of developing young players, that's why they're here - and that's why we're all here, there isn't a better place to be right now. The future looks really bright for us."

We would like to congratulate all the players and their families on making the next step on their journey with the Reading FC Academy, and we look forward to seeing the progress they make on the pitch next year.

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