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15 minutes ago, dabber said:

What are the rules on other academies "poaching" our most promising talent. We are also the highest category academy aren't we? Can we refuse or if the prospect wants to go we cannot do anything to prevent (i.e. Delap?)

Can't refuse unless he's signed a pro deal. Considering his age I doubt that's the case.
Being Cat 1 rather than 2 only means more money. If a player wants to leave and a club is willing to pay the compensation then there's nothing we can do.

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1 hour ago, angieram said:

Did you read that post on Twitter that says he moving over to Manchester United Academy at the end of the season?  Sad if true.

He's Kellan's little brother, isn't he? 

He’s not going to united, they’re interested in him but so are a couple of other clubs. He’s been offered a pro contract at Derby but doesn’t want to stay.

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1 hour ago, Footymum2017 said:

He’s not going to united, they’re interested in him but so are a couple of other clubs. He’s been offered a pro contract at Derby but doesn’t want to stay.

Silly if he does leave, we’re clearly his best route to first team football of all the cat 1 teams with the possible exceptions of Arsenal and Everton who, in fairness, seem to do an impressive job of promoting youth even at such a high level 

Man United produce one a season if you’re lucky! 

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On 28/11/2020 at 14:51, Footymum2017 said:

He’s not going to united, they’re interested in him but so are a couple of other clubs. He’s been offered a pro contract at Derby but doesn’t want to stay.

Ah, that's a shame. Really promising player and one I'd hoped to see in the senior team not too long from now.

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There were some injuries mentioned on the U18s v Cardiff U18s commentary last night but not what the injuries actually were. Does anybody know about the following please?

  • Andres Perez de Gracia returned after a 16-17 month injury lay-off - what was injury?
  • Bartosz Cybulski recently returned from injury - what was injury?
  • Alex Matthews out injured - what with?
  • Dylan Williams got injured in training on Tuesday, what is injury?

Many thanks.

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On 28/11/2020 at 14:17, Ghost of Clough said:

Can't refuse unless he's signed a pro deal. Considering his age I doubt that's the case.
Being Cat 1 rather than 2 only means more money. If a player wants to leave and a club is willing to pay the compensation then there's nothing we can do.

Exactly like what happened when Liam Delap moved to Manchester City.

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On 28/11/2020 at 15:56, Jram said:

Silly if he does leave, we’re clearly his best route to first team football of all the cat 1 teams with the possible exceptions of Arsenal and Everton who, in fairness, seem to do an impressive job of promoting youth even at such a high level 

Well Derby County can improve their chances of him signing a pro deal with us by avoiding relegation to League One.

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2 hours ago, Stuniverse said:

Well Derby County can improve their chances of him signing a pro deal with us by avoiding relegation to League One.

Going to league 1 would probably vastly improve academy players chances of breaking through tbh but maybe it’s not much of an incentive if your ceiling is as high as Gordon’s 

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On 05/12/2020 at 11:37, Shadowplay said:

Based on last nights performance, probably only a year away from the first team squad.

I'm expecting him to move up to the U23s in the New Year, and get a few first team games under his belt once out Championship status is retained... as long as he's planning to stay with us.

He's still only 16, so has to be managed carefully. We've put a number of 16 year old into the first team over the years and they've suffered from injuries as a result (Holmes, Barnes, Bennett,etc...)

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25 minutes ago, Ghost of Clough said:

I'm expecting him to move up to the U23s in the New Year, and get a few first team games under his belt once out Championship status is retained... as long as he's planning to stay with us.

He's still only 16, so has to be managed carefully. We've put a number of 16 year old into the first team over the years and they've suffered from injuries as a result (Holmes, Barnes, Bennett,etc...)

What's the point though do you think, if as suggested he's off to Manure?

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