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Three Scholars Offered First Professional Contracts

25 April 2016

Three more talented youngsters offered a chance with Oxford United

Oxford United are pleased to announce that three of their promising youngsters have been offered their first professional contracts.

Goalkeeper Jack Stevens, full-back Miles Welch-Hayes and striker George Jeacock have all been offered one-year deals with the U’s having progressed through the youth development system at the club. Both George and Jack have already been on the bench for the senior side this season.

Head Coach Michael Appleton said:

“We are fortunate to have an excellent youth set-up here who work extremely hard to help the best local players have a chance of becoming professional footballers.

“With Canice Carroll having signed earlier in the season that makes four young players we have offered this fantastic opportunity to.

“All of them are very talented but you have to have the right attitude as well. They now have a chance to keep working, train and be around the first team every day, and impress us even more over a longer period of time.”

Leon Blackmore-Such and Andy Whing, who have coached the youth team this season told us:

“They fully deserve their chance and we couldn’t be happier for them. It is such an exciting time for them but fortunately they are very sensible, mature lads who know that the work really starts now.

“At the same time it was a very tough week for us because we had to tell the other second year scholars that we couldn’t take them on.  That is a horrible job but we would like to thank Lewis Hayden, Seth Humphries, Cian McCormack, Kieran Diaz-Benitez, Drew Ricketts and Luke Hastings for their outstanding contributions over the last two years.

“I am sure they will be determined to prove us wrong, and we will monitor their progress and do all we can to help them in whatever they choose to do next.”

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