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Youngster Henderson to Depart Town for US University
Monday, 15th Jun 2020 15:05

TWTD understands young defender Alex Henderson has turned down the offer of a third year as an academy scholar to go to university in the US.

The centre-half made his one and only senior appearance for the Blues in the Leasing.com Trophy tie at Peterborough in December, Town running out winners on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Henderson, who is from Boxford near Sudbury and joined the academy as an U11, was recently named in the League Football Education's ‘The 11’ for June, which recognises players’ efforts both on and off the field during their time as scholars.

Henderson on right after the on-penalties win at Peterborough

The LFE’s press release erroneously claimed Henderson had been handed a professional deal with the Blues, rather than a third year as a scholar which was actually what was on offer.

But we understand Henderson, who spent time on loan at Bury Town last season, has opted to turn this down and instead will be starting at Georgia State University in Atlanta later in the summer.

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Toronto_Tractor added 15:12 - Jun 15
Smart move

runningout added 15:24 - Jun 15
Decent head on his shoulders

Northstandveteran added 15:26 - Jun 15
What a fantastic opportunity for the young man.

Why wouldn't he?!

ArnieM added 15:49 - Jun 15
This says more about the death of the game as a whole in this Country than it does about ITFC.

StavangerBlue added 16:44 - Jun 15
Great opportunity! Enjoy it and make the most of it.

rickw added 16:56 - Jun 15
Seems a sensible move. If you're 18 and not getting close to playing regular professional first team football or being well paid then there's a fair chance you aren't going to make it.
This is a good opportunity - he'll get an education and still has a chance to be a footballer.

Linkboy13 added 17:17 - Jun 15
He's got plenty of time, getting a good education gives him another option. He could still return to football at a later date. Hope everything goes well for him.

MickMillsTash added 18:19 - Jun 15
University Soccer trials in the US is amazingly competitive - compared to the drinking competition that trials were in the UK - 1989.
If he gets in the side he'll see the country, get some cash and I guess get given a degree.


Shawsey added 18:42 - Jun 15
Good luck Alex. Don't forget where it all started for you. Do yourself proud.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 19:03 - Jun 15
Pity for ITFC, but fully understandable. Good luck!

Cakeman added 19:14 - Jun 15
I would imagine several level headed youngsters from varying clubs will be doing similar or seeking alternative type of employment.
Football will never be the same again.

ParisBlue added 01:51 - Jun 16
Liked the look of him when playing for the yoofs at Cardiff in the youth cup. Shame for ITFC but what a great opportunity for him.

OsborneOneNil added 11:59 - Jun 16
Wise move.

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