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In focus: First-year scholars

Get to know the latest intake of scholars...

25 July 2022

Lead PDP Coach John Bitting has provided with a summary of each incoming first-year scholar ahead of the 2022/23 season...

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Joshua Adepoju – Striker (Date joined 24.11.21)
“Josh is new to the Club, joining us half-way through last season. He is quick young centre-forward who is very bright with his movements in and around the box. He has shown already that he is determined and a quick learner.”


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Kyle Boyce – Full-back/winger (Date joined 3.7.14)
“Kyle has been with us since Under-8s. He is a left-sided player, who can play as a winger or in defence. He is very attack-minded and loves going towards goal. He is quick but also has the technical ability to score and create goals.”


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Edwin Daffern – Centre-midfield (Date joined 3.7.14)
“Ed has also been with us since Under-8s. He is a forward-thinking central-midfielder who can play deeper as well as higher up the pitch. Physically, he is very agile and technically, he has a good range of pass.”


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Isaac Olaleye – Striker (Date joined 13.4.22)
“Isaac joined us half-way through last season from one of our Talent ID days. He is a strong and powerful centre-forward, who has good pace too. He is very raw but there is certainly a lot of good qualities for us to work with.”


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Corvell Pickering – Winger (Date joined 23.5.22)
“Corvell is new into the Academy season, joining us late last season. He is a right-footed wide player who enjoys playing off the left. He is very direct and forward-thinking and has good pace to go along with that.”


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Charlie Stirland – Centre-back (Date joined 13.1.22)
“Charlie joined us from Middlesbrough last season but has been with us a little longer than the other newcomers. He is a no-nonsense central defender with a great personality – he brings really good communication and leadership skills to the group.”


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Callum Tripp – Centre-midfield (Date joined 3.7.14)
“Callum has been with us from a young age. He has played a variety of positions over the years but seems to have found a home in midfield. He is very athletic and has good quality on the ball too, especially when driving with the ball from deep areas.”


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Albert Wood – Full-back (Date joined 4.2.22)
“Albert joined the Football Club last season from Watford. He predominantly plays as a full-back but can play centrally too. You know what you’re going to get from him on a Saturday – he is a proper reliable defender.

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