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James went out on loan with Hopkins but us highly rated by all accounts.
Good luck to those released.
We need players in the U23s who are ready to push the first team hard.
 

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Story really in who does not leave, rather than who does...

I think this leaves our current youth roster as:
Other Young Pros: Jack Stevens (keeeper), Baptiste, Napa, Agboola,
Devs/1st year pros: Niall Clayton, Aaron Heap, Armani Little, Steven Johnson (Hopkins, Matt BH, Dejon NW, TAverner left)
2nd year scholars: McDonnell, McREadie, Crooks, Lofthouse, Owen James (*) (Niblett left)
1st year scholars: Evans, Harris, Sampford, Milton, Nico Jones, Elechi, Chambers, Spasek (*), Jack Stevens (forward), Lopes (*), Edwards
* - scholars already with pro deals

We still have the glut of young keepers, so at least one of Agboola or Clayton will probably go.
Interesting that many of the higher profile youth teamers are still first years, so maybe not too many decisions due yet,
 

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Disappointing but harsh reality. I really had high hopes for Matt Berry-Hargreaves after seeing him play a couple of times. I also hoped Dejon would make the grade simply because I’m a big fan of old fashioned center-forward types who put themselves about and he looked like a chip off the old block in that sense. I also heard a lot of good things about Albie.

I wish all five of them all the best for the future.

I will add though that I have 100% faith in Dan Harris making the difficult but correct decisions, for the club and the lads themselves
 

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Disappointing but harsh reality. I really had high hopes for Matt Berry-Hargreaves after seeing him play a couple of times. I also hoped Dejon would make the grade simply because I’m a big fan of old fashioned center-forward types who put themselves about and he looked like a chip off the old block in that sense. I also heard a lot of good things about Albie.

I wish all five of them all the best for the future.

I will add though that I have 100% faith in Dan Harris making the difficult but correct decisions, for the club and the lads themselves
Here here!!
 

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Story really in who does not leave, rather than who does...

I think this leaves our current youth roster as:
Other Young Pros: Jack Stevens (keeeper), Baptiste, Napa, Agboola,
Devs/1st year pros: Niall Clayton, Aaron Heap, Armani Little, Steven Johnson (Hopkins, Matt BH, Dejon NW, TAverner left)
2nd year scholars: McDonnell, McREadie, Crooks, Lofthouse, Owen James (*) (Niblett left)
1st year scholars: Evans, Harris, Sampford, Milton, Nico Jones, Elechi, Chambers, Spasek (*), Jack Stevens (forward), Lopes (*), Edwards
* - scholars already with pro deals

We still have the glut of young keepers, so at least one of Agboola or Clayton will probably go.
Interesting that many of the higher profile youth teamers are still first years, so maybe not too many decisions due yet,

Didn't Lofthouse along with Elechi, Lopes and Spasov sign a pro contract joining Owen James?
 

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Who’s out of contract in the first team ? Obviously Nelson
 

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Didn't Lofthouse along with Elechi, Lopes and Spasov sign a pro contract joining Owen James?
Maybe, I'm beginning to lose track to be honest...tho if so, maybe doesnt bode so well for the three remaining second years (McCreadie most likely to get the nod if any I suspect)
 

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Maybe, I'm beginning to lose track to be honest...tho if so, maybe doesnt bode so well for the three remaining second years (McCreadie most likely to get the nod if any I suspect)
Crooks seems to get very good write ups?
The first year scholars seem to have some really good talent.
 

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Think Steve Johnson went a little while back.

Agree on the keeper situation. Agboola has been on a pro deal for a while and made the bench just the once. With Stevens yet to get first team game time, I can't see all of Agboola/Clayton/Harris hanging about.
 

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Crooks seems to get very good write ups?
The first year scholars seem to have some really good talent.
we have some exciting talent in both U18s and U23s squads ...(despite offloading 5 yesterday)... personally, Id like to see more ,of both, getting to clock up valuable first team minutes and experience, instead of injury carrying , injury prone journeymen loanees !.... young talent home grown , developed by OUFC will run through walls for the shirt.... loanees rarely have the same commitment IMO

for those who havent yet, go along and watch U18s and U23s games if you can, both play exciting , attacking football.... real credit to Dan Harris and all at the academy , and of course Chrissy Allen too
 

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McCreadie offered a deal, Harvey Bradbury is being let go
 

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Hopkins on trial at Millwall
more on this from Milwall


“If players have been told their futures don’t lie at the club they are at – they might have been ones we have noticed before or recommended to our scouts – then we might want to take a look. Sometimes it is a lot easier doing now than pre-season – you get an opportunity to look now and get a head-start on other teams.

“If players do well we can always invite them back in pre-season. It was a chance to see a couple of young lads who have been recommended. It is fine seeing players in training or matches behind closed doors, but sometimes you have got to see them in real, competitive games.
 

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Agreed! Looked good from what I’ve seen!

Interesting the academy is cutting back

Certainly the U23s seem to be but then as we will have 9 players on pro contracts from the Academy then this will make up the bulk anyway.

The Academy is still recruiting though as they very recently advertised for local scouts.
 

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