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Hartlepool United FC Youth Team Profiles

Mark Foden

Mark Foden (Goalkeeper)
Date of Birth: 19/03/96

The talented goalkeeper joined Pools from Newcastle City Juniors at Under 15 level.

He has an excellent attitude and high work rate while his shot-stopping ability and his physical presence in the penalty area has been an asset to the team.

Jonny Carr

Jonny Carr (Defender)
Date of Birth: 06/10/96

The determined right-back has been with the Club since Under 11 level and has consistently improved season upon season.

Although his main responsibility is obviously to defend, he is always keen to push forward when possible and help link-up attacks and provide crosses in to the box.

Jonny has had to fight back from an ankle injury earlier in the campaign to win his place back in the Youth Team. 

Josh Nearney

Josh Nearney (Defender)
Date of Birth: 07/09/95

Josh isn’t your typical rough and ready centre-back, instead preferring to try and read the game and get the ball down and play.

He’s got great technical ability, is cultured in his approach to the game and also has a real burst of pace to help him gain the upper-hand over opponents.

He’s been with the Club since he was an Under 15 and has displayed a real determination to be successful.

Keelan Nellis

Keelan Nellis (Defender)
Date of Birth: 15/12/95

Signed from Swalwell Boys Club as an Under 15, Keelan has shown an excellent attitude to his work and has always gone above and beyond what is expected during his time at The Vic.

The powerful centre-back has worked hard on his technical ability and that effort is showing in games where has continued to improve. A dedicated trainer and a promising defender.

Dan Turner

Dan Turner (Defender)
Date of Birth: 21/10/95

The talented left-back has been on the books at Pools since he was an Under 12 and has improved significantly under the Club’s guidance.

He is strong and dependable in defence but is also ever-keen to bomb forward and support the attack down the left flank and provide crosses in to the box.

A whole-hearted competitor, Dan wears his heart on his sleeve and is a big and important presence in the Youth Team.

Kieran Green

Kieran Green (Midfielder)
Date of Birth: 30/06/97

Having arrived at the Club from Stockton Town at Under 14 level, Kieran has impressed his coaches with his determined play in the centre of midfield.

He’s comfortable when on the ball but also loves the physical side of the game and it’s that mixture which has allowed him to progress on to make his debut for the Reserves.

His attitude is first class and he has a desire to improve and succeed which will hopefully push him on even further during the season.

Rhys Harbottle

Rhys Harbottle (Midfielder)
Date of Birth: 05/09/95

Rhys joined the Club at Under 16 level following his release from Newcastle United.

Mainly employed as a wide attacking midfielder, he is technically gifted and is extremely positive in possession, always looking to get at his man and get the team on the attack.

He is good running with the ball and has excellent close control, backed up by a great attitude to his work in training and in games.

Tom Mitchinson

Tom Mitchinson (Midfielder)
Date of Birth: 12/10/95

Tom has been with the Club since he was Under 15 after he was released by Middlesbrough.

He played a lot of games for the Youth Team during the first year of his scholarship and even made a breakthrough in to the Reserves but suffered a set-back at the start of this season when he ruptured his cruciate ligament.

Once he returns to fitness, it is hoped the central midfielder will continue to show the promise which he displayed last term.

Connor Smith

Connor Smith (Midfielder)
Date of Birth: 14/10/96

The forward-thinking midfielder has been a revelation in the early part of the season after stepping up from the Under 16s.

He’s been with the Club since he was an Under 12 but has made a good impact at Youth Team level and has also been included for the Reserves on occasions.

The challenge now is for him to maintain his work rate and standards so that he can continue to progress at the same rate in the future.

Jonny Wright

Jonny Wright (Midfielder)
Date of Birth: 03/09/94

It’s been a hard couple of years for midfielder Jonny who has suffered a series of unfortunate injuries during his time at the Club, including undergoing ankle, hip and hernia surgery.

However, despite the setbacks he has proved he has the resolve and the mental strength to succeed and the challenge now is to ensure he stays consistently fit in order to show his undoubted ability.

Signed following his release from Sunderland four years ago, the central midfielder has good ability and an excellent attitude.

Dylan Armstrong

Dylan Armstrong (Striker)
Date of Birth: 24/03/97

Dylan has been with the Club since Under 15 level and operates as an out-and-out centre-forward or just behind in the Number 10 role.

Comfortable on the ball and technically-gifted, he comes alive when in possession, showing great positivity and a keen eye for goal.

Andy Bridges

Andy Bridges (Striker)
Date of Birth: 02/10/95

Quite a late arrival in the Academy set-up, Andy joined Pools from Wallsend Boys Club at Under 16 level following a successful trial period.

Comfortable either through the middle as the main striker or in a wide attacking area, he is blessed with great pace meaning he is most effective playing off the shoulder of defenders.

He has a good attitude to training and his work rate both in practice and during games is an asset.


Ben Wignall

Ben Wignall (Striker)
Date of Birth: 22/09/94

Due to a serious knee injury suffered last season, Ben is now in the third year of his scholarship at Victoria Park.

Although he can operate as an out-and-out centre-forward, he also has the ability to perform dangerously in the Number 10 role just behind the attack, while he’s also featured in midfield at times for the Reserves.

A natural leader and an important figure on and off the pitch, Ben is the captain of the Youth Team this season and will be hoping to show his undoubted potential.

Callam Wood

Callam Wood (Striker)
Date of Birth: 08/10/96

Callam has been on the books at Pools for a long time having first arrived at Victoria Park back when he was an Under 9.

Due to his ability, the determined front man has often been fast-tracked through the youth system and played at a higher level than his age group, but continued to shine.

Last season he scored more goals than he played games and having now stepped up to the Youth Team he’ll be hoping to show the consistent form which has already seen him called-up to the Reserves on occasion.