Bennett Only Scholar to Be Offered Contract Thursday, 16th Feb 2012 19:13
Right-back or midfielder Callum Bennett is the only one of the Academy’s second-year scholars who will be offered a professional contract. The seven youngsters whose scholarships are up this summer met with Academy manager Sammy Morgan and U18s coach Russell Osman to learn their fates this afternoon.
Central defender Jide Maduako, Wales U17 international midfielder Elliot Scotcher, Republic of Ireland U17 international keeper Conor O'Donnell, Yarmouth-based full-back or midfielder Aaron Jones and Republic of Ireland U17 international striker Carel Tiofack have all been released.
Norwegian central defender Nicolay Schrøder has been handed an extension to his time at Playford Road until January 2013 having spent much of his scholarship sidelined with tendinitis.
Another second-year scholar, left-back Joe Whight, was handed a two-year professional deal last summer.
Morgan says giving the news is the most difficult aspect of working with youngsters: "It's the hardest part of the job for Russell and I.
"We have worked with the boys for two years, longer in many cases, and it's hard to sit down with them and tell them we have to let them go - but decisions have to be made.
"The manager will speak to Callum about professional terms and Nico will stay with us until January because of the injury he had last year.
"We will circulate the names of the others and try and help them get fixed up with a club. Just because we have not given them a contract, it doesn't mean they won't stay in the game. There are plenty of examples of players being released who have gone on to have good careers in football."
Bennett, a former Kesgrave High School pupil who has also operated at centre-half, first played for the Blues at U9 level.
whaaaaat the hell?! o'donnell was being watched by premier league clubs.. jide maduako looks like a decent centre back.. and carel tiofack was being watched by arsenal?! sounds pretty stupid to me if i'm perfectly honest!
I guess this is another downside of no genuine reserve football plus the 5 sub rule means there is such a jump from U18s to the first team. Good luck to these boys in finding a new club. Shame they never got an opportunity to be loaned out to see if there was a glimmer of hope in any of these boys.
Taylor15 and the others, your comments really are quite funny you have NO IDEA about any of these players at all do you? Very average bunch of lads this year, so no surprise they all got released (bar Bennett).
Yeah, I am seriously worried about the future of our Academy and this does look like a great big rusty nail being driven in. OK for Sammy Morgan and Russell Osman to cry crocodile tears but, what we need, is about the same amount of money that was squandered on Priskin to be invested and the previous Manager reinstalled to the Academy, otherwise it is not only the future of these young players but ours as a useful club as well. This is a very crazy world. COYB
Well done Callum you have worked hard for 10 years its been a tough season with you changing position every week but hopefully now you show them what you can do at RB - its your 3rd season of u18s and you played reserves at 15 so push on now. All the best to the other boys its not a nice position to be in and I wish you well for the future.