Gang of nine out to impress
Date published: 27 April 2012
NINE young hopefuls are about to embark on two-year scholarships with Athletic in the hope of becoming the next generation of first-team stars.
Most of the new faces have already spent time in the under-18s under Tony Philliskirk, and goalkeeper Joel Coleman even appeared as a substitute for the reserves.
All are 16, except 15-year-old Tomos Clarke.
Michael Brewster: A midfielder who has been with Athletic for a short spell after his release from Manchester City.
Jordan Bove: A pelvic injury hampered his progress last term, but the striker is back to full fitness.
Tomos Clarke: Chris Tipton, father of former Athletic forward Matthew, originally put forward the Wales under-16 international as a possible Boundary Park star.
Joel Coleman: The goalkeeper is rated highly, having progressed through the ranks over five years.
Haydn Foulds: Brought in from Northside, the midfielder has been with Athletic following his release by Sheffield Wednesday. Kyle Hardman: From Middleton, the right-back or midfield player was picked up by the club after representing Manchester United in a trial match.
Will Kinder: Already a regular for the under-18s. Hails from Littleborough and operates wide on the left of midfield.
John Pritchard: Spent a decade at Manchester United and can play in a variety of positions
Jack Truelove: Arrived from Burnley in January after being released by the Championship club