Young goalkeeper Ryan joined the Club as an Under 16 late in to the programme after previously gaining experience in the Teesside Junior Alliance League. His performances upon arrival at the Club showed a lot of promise and he was subsequently awarded a Youth Team contract. He has impressed with his distribution and shot-stopping.
Promising goalkeeper James has been with the Club since he was an Under 14 and has progressed well over the years. After enjoying a successful first year with the Youth Team he will be looking to hold down a regular spot in the starting eleven whilst also building on his experience with the Reserves. A good shot-stopper, Dawson is also good at helping his defenders by coming for crosses.
A late arrival to the Club as an Under 16, Cunningham quickly impressed the Club’s coaching staff with his ball-winning ability and reading of the game. The centre-back was previously on the books at Middlesbrough but his good attitude and commitment to his work, allied to his ability, have made him one of the key members of this year’s Youth Team at Victoria Park.
A former pupil at St Hilds, Fielding has been with the Club since the age of 10 and has made solid progress through the ranks in the Academy. He is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball and has shown a good range of passing. He will be aiming to gain regular starts for the Youth Team during the course of the current campaign as he continues his development.
The whole-hearted defender has been in the Academy system at Pools since Under 12 level and has really improved over the years. An athletic and competitive performer, Howes plays the majority of his football at left-back but is always keen to get forward and support the attack whenever possible. He’s composed and comfortable when in possession and aggressive and tenacious when trying to win it back.
Adam has been with the Club in the Academy system since he was an Under 14. The promising young defender can comfortably slot in to the centre of defence or at left-back if required. He has fought back from a broken leg which kept him out for twelve months and will be hoping to use the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign to show what he can do. Male is confident on the ball and has a good attitude to his work.
Another in the Youth Team squad who is from Hartlepool, Turnbull is a former English Martyrs School pupil who has been on the Club’s books since he was an Under 9. The nephew of former Pools player Tony Boylan, the youngster has progressed well during his time with Pools and will hope to cement some regular football in the Reserves during 2015/16. A ball-winner who is strong in the air, his organisational skills made him the obvious choice as captain this term.
The whole-hearted defender has been with the Club since he was an Under 14 though injury has hampered his progress during the first year of his Youth Team contract. Now back to fitness, he has become a regular in the side during 2015/16 and has used that as a platform to challenge for a place in the Reserves. An aggressive, ball-winning competitor, Varga enjoys the physical side of the game.
The Hartlepool-born winger has been with the Club since he was an Under 10 and has made excellent progress through the Academy system. A former English Martyrs School pupil, Blackford is comfortable on either flank where he is positive in possession and creates plenty of chances for his team-mates. Blessed with pace and trickery, the youngster has also shown himself capable of chipping in with some goals of his own.
The central midfielder has been with the Club since he was an Under 10 and has made good progress through the Academy system. An honest and hard-working player, Briggs has made plenty of appearances in the Youth Team’s current campaign where he has shown himself to be comfortable on the ball but also capable of putting his foot in and breaking down opposition attacks.
Pools moved quickly to secure the services of Elliott once he was released by Sunderland as an Under 15 and he’s shown a lot of promise since arriving at The Vic. A central midfielder who can also operate in wide areas, his creativity and positivity when in possession helps create plenty of goals and he’s also a regular on the scoresheet himself. The challenge for the youngster now is to challenge for some more football in the Club’s Reserve side as he looks to continue his development.
The young attacking midfielder came in to the Club’s Academy system at Under 14 level after previously playing for Stockton Town. Capable of getting forward to good effect, Hawkes always looks dangerous in possession and is constantly seeking ways to set up opportunities for his team-mates. As well as his creative streak, the youngster is also one who chips in with goals of his own.
The talented winger arrived at Pools to join the Academy system at Under 14 level following his departure from Middlesbrough. He has played the majority of his football wide on the right where he has proved himself to be an athletic performer with plenty of pace and trickery to get past defenders and create chances. Richardson is a regular at Youth Team level and will hope to challenge for Reserve Team football during 2015/16.
Hartlepool born and bred, Skidmore is a former pupil at English Martyrs School and has been in the Academy system at Pools since he was an Under 11. He’s an intelligent and creative midfielder who unfortunately picked up a dislocated shoulder playing for the First Team during pre-season which has limited his progress on the pitch in 2015/15. However, once he’s back to fitness he will be hoping to kick-on not only for the Youth Team but also in the Club’s Reserve side.
The young midfielder has been on the books at Pools since joining the Academy when he was 10. He has progressed well during that time and was offered a Youth Team contract in 2015. Fielding has grasped the opportunity to play regularly for the Youth Team with both hands and has also featured for the Reserves, showing his quality as a creative and intelligent player in the middle of the park.
After gaining experience playing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance League, Travers was picked up by Pools and brought in to the Club at Under 16 level. He did enough to impress the coaches during that year to earn a Youth Team contract and enjoyed an outstanding 2015/16 pre-season during which he scored several goals. A centre-forward who is capable of finding the net in a variety of ways, he has recovered from a broken leg to get back on the goal trail this term.
The energetic and hard-working front man has been with the Club since he was an Under 12 and has developed promisingly during that time. Although previously utilised in midfield, Jewson has been converted in to a more attacking role recently and has been a reliable source of goals for the Youth Team this season. His poaching skills and the knack of being in the right place at the right time have made him a marked man in the Youth Alliance League.