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🖼 Three more Academy graduates presented with debut shirts

Young quartet handed shirts as lasting memory of first-team bow

25 February 2021

Having registered their senior debuts at the start of the year, Mamadi Camara, Conor Lawless and Olly Pendlebury were presented with their match shirts at Bearwood Park this week.

The trio all played their part in our Third Round Emirates FA Cup tie with Luton Town in January, which means more spaces will need to be found on the Academy Honours board after it was filled at the tail end of 2020.

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Pendlebury, who operated at the heart of the midfield, was deployed from the get go by Veljko Paunović and put in an impressive, battling display when up against a number of senior Hatters figures.

He has since turned 19 and has represented our Under-23s on 11 occasions in the Premier League 2 so far this season - getting on the scoresheet in a friendly against an England Under-17 outfit at St George's Park back in November.

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Camara and Lawless meanwhile were introduced to the action from the bench after 77 minutes, and both helped the Royals continue to push for a late equaliser in the tightly fought Kenilworth Road affair.

Camara penned a professional contract at the club earlier this month; the 17-year-old Guinea-Bissau national committing his future to the club until the summer of 2022.

19-year-old midfielder Lawless has made 15 appearances for Mehmet Ali's Under-23s so far this season and had travelled with the first team squad prior to making his bow against Luton last month - he was included in the travelling party that went to Elland Road under Paul Clement in November 2018 at the tender age of 17. 

A proud moment for the young players and our Academy, and a huge congratulations to all three debutants!

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We also took the opportunity to present a debut shirt to 20-year-old forward Jayden Onen. 

Not a player who came through our Academy ranks, Jayden arrived with the Royals earlier this season and sufficiently impressed in the Under-23s set-up to earn a first team debut from the bench against league leaders Norwich in December.

He has continued to feature as part of the first team squad since and was presented with his shirt by the Royals boss and our Academy Manager Michael Gilkes.

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