Pools starlet Connor Simpson has been hailed for his one and off pitch achievements by being included in ‘The 11’ chosen by the LFE.
The 17-year-old, who made his senior bow the latter part of last season, has made further progress during 2017/18 and scored his first goal on his full debut against Maidstone United – a header crowned as the Club’s Goal of the Month for September.
The League Football Education introduced ‘The 11’ as a method to acknowledge the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships in English football and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.
The accolade is there to celebrate the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year prizes, presented at the EFL Awards Dinner in April.
LFE Chief Executive Alan Sykes commented: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our Regional Officers throughout the season.
“It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeships.”
The 11 – October 2017
Niall Watson (Accrington Stanley)
Max Bird (Derby County)
Jordan Stevens (Forest Green Rovers)
Steve Sessegnon (Fulham)
Connor Simpson (Hartlepool United)
Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United
Jack James (Luton Town)
Lewis Freestone (Peterborough United)
Lewis Fensome (Preston North End)
Ben Wilmot (Stevenage)
Mitch Candlin (Walsall)