Great opportunity for five new boys
Oxford United are pleased to announce that five more talented youngsters have been offered places as scholars with the club.
Striker Dejon Noel-Williams, 17, has impressed on trial towards the end of the season and is a striker with a great pedigree: his father, Gifton Noel-Williams played up front for Watford, Stoke City and Burnley.
He has played alongside winger Graham Bryan this season, with Graham being offered a scholarship after a year as part of the Academy programme that offers youngsters a chance to continue their education while progressing as footballers: find out more HERE
They will be joined by defenders Matt Berry-Hargreaves and Ben Chilcott and midfielders Rex Mannings and Albie Hopkins who have all done well on trial in recent weeks.
The five join local lads Aaron Heap, Dan Carr and Nathan Baker who will make the step up from the under 16s, making it eight new scholars for the season ahead.
Coach Leon Blackmore-Such said
“It shows that there are a lot of ways to get an opportunity provided you have the work ethic and attitude to go with the initial ability. All of them have a fantastic chance to impress over the next couple of years.”
Fellow coach Andy Whing said
“The aim is to produce players we believe can go on and feature in the senior squad. Canice Carroll, Miles-Welch Hayes, Jack Stevens and George Jeacock are all making that step this summer and promising players know there is a clear pathway for them here at Oxford. It’s exciting and we can’t wait to work with the new lads in pre-season.”