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Introducing the eight new academy scholars for 2019-20

28 May 2019

Academy Manager Tony Daws tells us a little bit about each of the eight new scholars, who will join up with the team on a full-time basis when they return for pre-season training.

United have announced eight arrivals, with Harry Baker, Ben Crosher, Joey Dawson, Daniel Gallimore, Oliver Kemp, Patrick Virgo, Alex Wilkinson and Cameron Wilson all signing onto the two-year scholarship. They will be with the club for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaign, as they continue their academic studies and fight for a professional contract.

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Living in Winterton, 5'9" right-back Harry Baker joined the club eight years ago in May 2011 as an Under-9.

Tony Daws said: "Harry has done really well to make the full journey through all of the Academy age groups.

A tough tackling no nonsense player who has played in the U18s for two seasons after making his debut as an U15."

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Living in Hull, 5'10" goalkeeper Ben Crosher joined the club four years ago in December 2015 as an Under-13.

Tony Daws said: "Towards the end of the 2018-19 season Ben gained valuable experience playing from the start in the U18s."

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Living in Scunthorpe, 6'1" versatility player Joey Dawson joined the club eight years ago in May 2011 as an Under-9.

Tony Daws said: "Comfortable at playing in midfield or in attack, Joey is another player to have made the full journey through the Iron's academy set-up. He has regularly played for the Under-18s side over the course of the 2018-19 season."

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Living in Grimsby, 6'0" midfielder Daniel Gallimore joined the club eight years ago in May 2011 as an Under-9.

Tony Daws said: "Dan is another player to make the full journey through all of the Academy age groups. Again, he gained valuable experience this season playing up in the U18s."

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Living in Hull, 5'10" midfielder Oliver Kemp joined the club four years ago in December 2015 as an Under-13.

Tony Daws said: "Oliver was given the opportunity to play in the youth team towards the end of the 2018-19 season and will be looking to progress once more over the two-year scholarship."

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Living in London, 5'11" striker Patrick Virgo joined the club in March 2019 for the final few months of the Under-16 campaign.

Tony Daws said: "PJ impressed during a trial period with the club earlier in the year. He has pace and skill and subsequently was offered a scholarship with the club."

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Living in Leeds, 6'2" striker Alex Wilkinson joined the club three years ago in November 2016 as an Under-14.

Tony Daws said: "Alex has played regularly in the U18s towards the end of the season and has gained valuable experience for his progression. He is a striker who works hard for the team."

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Living in Goole, 5’7” midfielder or striker Cameron Wilson joined the club six years ago in 2013 as an Under-11.

Tony Daws said: “Again, Cameron has had regular game time in the U18s towards the end of the season and has gained valuable experience for his progression."

Daws added: "We have an exciting group of players coming into our two-year scholarship to add to the eight existing apprentices, who move into their second year. The youth team staff are looking forward to working with all 16 players over the course of the season. As always, we are hoping to develop these players further during their time with us."

The players report in late June to begin pre-season training in preparation for the 2019-20 season.


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