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YOUTH: Meet our 2016/17 youth squad

3 August 2016

Meet our 2016/17 youth squad

As our youth team head into the 2016/17 season, we get to know Darren Edmondson's squad a little better. 


Academy Manager - Darren Edmondson


Academy Coach - Dave Wilkes


Academy Physiotherapist - Jordan Beech

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Morgan Bacon

Age - 17
Position - Goalkeeper
Home town - Bury
Team supported as a kid - Manchester City
Favourite player as a kid - Joe Hart
Strength - Shot stopping
Area you most want to improve - Distribution
Best mate in the squad - Cameron Salkeld, Rhys Groves and Joe Breen
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall because he doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Match of the Day
What is top of your bucket list - I have no idea! 
Three words to describe yourself -Dedicated, passionate and competitive 


Joe Breen

Age - 17
Position - Left back/centre midfield
Home town - Rathangan
Team supported as a kid - Arsenal
Favourite player as a kid - Aaron Ramsey - he's good technically and works hard
Strength - Passing and tackling
Area you most want to improve - Right foot and positional sense
Best mate in the squad - Ian Dowie (Aidan Hutchinson) because he has good crack
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - his dress sense gets on all of our nerves
TV programme you never miss - Home and Away!
What is top of your bucket list - Breathing fire with Cammy
Three words to describe yourself - Good looking, hard and outgoing


Rhys Groves

Age - 17
Position - Centre back
Home town - Newcastle
Team supported as a kid - Newcastle
Favourite player as a kid - John Terry - he's fearless
Strength - Passing at all distances
Area you most want to improve - 1v1 tackling
Best mate in the squad - Everyone because they're all top lads
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall because he's too serious, never does jobs and wears terrible clothes
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore
What is top of your bucket list - Sky dive
Three words to describe yourself - Funny and a good mate


Max Brown

Age - 17
Position - Striker
Home town - Carlisle
Team supported as a kid - Carlisle and Manchester United
Favourite player as a kid - Ronaldo - he's fast and skillful
Strength - Pace
Area you most want to improve - Hold up play
Best mate in the squad - Everyone
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall
TV programme you never miss - Coronation Street
What is top of your bucket list - I haven't made one yet
Three words to describe yourself - Fast, quiet and skinny


Kieran Hall

Age - 17
Position - Striker
Home town - Chester-le-Street 
Team supported as a kid - Newcastle
Favourite player as a kid - Ronaldo because he's always entertaining to watch
Strength - Finishing
Area you most want to improve - Pace
Best mate in the squad - I get on with everyone but I'm closest to Rhys because we share a room in digs and he never fails to make me laugh
Biggest pain in the squad - Rhys Groves - he has awful dress sense and never stops passing wind!
TV programme you never miss - Prison Break
What is top of your bucket list - Sky diving
Three words to describe yourself - Hardworking, friendly, leader


Jordan Holt

Age - 17
Position - Centre midfield
Home town - Carlisle
Team supported as a kid - Carlisle
Favourite player as a kid - Paul Scholes
Strength - Passing
Area you most want to improve - My left foot
Best mate in the squad - Everyone but I'm closest to Jack 
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's annoying and doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore and Peaky Blinders
What is top of your bucket list - Sky diving
Three words to describe yourself - Funny and sarcastic 


Jack Egan


Age - 17
Position - Winger/striker
Home town - Manchester
Team supported as a kid - Manchester United
Favourite player as a kid - Ronaldo - he's fast and a goalscorer
Strength - Pace, beating players 1v1, assists and goals
Area you most want to improve - First time finishing
Best mate in the squad - Jordan Holt - he's funny and hard working
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's lazy and doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Power
What is top of your bucket list - To make my professional debut
Three words to describe yourself - Friendly, funny and a team player


Cameron Salkeld

Age - 17
Position - Midfielder/forward
Home town - Newcastle
Team supported as a kid - Newcastle
Favourite player as a kid - Gareth Bale - he's powerful and skillful
Strength - Pace, dribbling and creating chances
Area you most want to improve - Heading and positional sense
Best mate in the squad - Everyone but I'm closest to Morgan Bacon, Rhys Groves and Joe Breen because they're funny and we live in digs together
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's lazy and has rubbish clobber
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore, Power and Come Dine With Me
What is top of your bucket list - To breathe fire with Joe
Three words to describe yourself - Funny, energetic and loud


Dean Watson

Age - 16
Position - Centre midfield
Home town - Gretna
Team supported as a kid - Manchester United
Favourite player as a kid - Ronaldo - he was the best player for the team I supported and he would try skills when other players wouldn't 
Strength - Giving 100% for the team
Area you most want to improve - Getting my body in a position to play forward
Best mate in the squad - Everyone
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore
What is top of your bucket list - Sky dive
Three words to describe yourself - Funny, ginger and stocky


Jaic Miller

Age - 16
Position - Centre midfield
Home town - Carlisle
Team supported as a kid - Carlisle and Liverpool
Favourite player as a kid - Steven Gerrard - he's a good all round player 
Strength - Determination and always giving 100% for the team
Area you most want to improve - Ability with my weak foot
Best mate in the squad - I get on with everyone
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore
What is top of your bucket list - Appearing in a professional match in front of a full crowd
Three words to describe yourself - Determined young lad


Aidan Hutchinson

Age - 16
Position - Left back/centre back
Home town - Sunderland
Team supported as a kid - Sunderland
Favourite player as a kid - John Terry 
Strength - Pace
Area you most want to improve - First touch on the ball
Best mate in the squad - Joe Breen - he's a funny lad and has good crack
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he never does jobs and he's lazy
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore
What is top of your bucket list - Sky dive
Three words to describe yourself - Clever, funny and decent crack


Luke Taylor

Age - 16
Position - Centre back
Home town - Newcastle
Team supported as a kid - Newcastle
Favourite player as a kid - Sergio Ramos
Strength - Heading and passing
Area you most want to improve - Positioning
Best mate in the squad - Aidan Hutchinson - he's funny
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's lazy and doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Prison Break
What is top of your bucket list - Sky diving
Three words to describe yourself - Stubborn, funny and outgoing


Alex Goldthorpe 

Age - 16
Position - Right back
Home town - Whitby
Team supported as a kid - Middlesbrough
Favourite player as a kid - Vincent Kompany - he's my role model
Strength - Passing
Area you most want to improve - Defending
Best mate in the squad - Luke Lloyd - he's funny
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Prison Break 
What is top of your bucket list - Go to Australia 
Three words to describe yourself - Determined and hard working


Kieron Olsen

Age - 16
Position - Centre midfield
Home town - Sunderland
Team supported as a kid - Sunderland
Favourite player as a kid - Lionel Messi - he's the best in the world
Strength - Tackling and determination
Area you most want to improve - Speed and passing
Best mate in the squad - Aidan Hutchinson - he's dumb and funny
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's lazy
TV programme you never miss - Dexter
What is top of your bucket list - Sky diving
Three words to describe yourself - Passionate, kind and confident


Lee Ashton

Age - 16
Position - Goalkeeper
Home town - Blackpool
Team supported as a kid - Manchester United
Favourite player as a kid - Ronaldo
Strength - Handling
Area you most want to improve - Distribution and technique
Best mate in the squad - Luke Lloyd
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he's always on the phone to his girlfriend
TV programme you never miss - Friends
What is top of your bucket list - Climb Everest
Three words to describe yourself - Football, family and friends


Luke Lloyd

Age - 16
Position - Striker
Home town - North Shields
Team supported as a kid - Newcastle United
Favourite player as a kid - Lionel Messi - he's got a good attitude and good feet
Strength - Pace, quick feet and first touch
Area you most want to improve - Heading
Best mate in the squad - Jordan Holt - he's funny and hard working
Biggest pain in the squad - Kieran Hall - he doesn't do jobs
TV programme you never miss - Geordie Shore
What is top of your bucket list - Don't have one
Three words to describe yourself - Funny, stocky and receding (hairline)

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