YOUTH TEAM INTAKE 2004/5 Football League Youth Alliance
(Thursday 15th April 2004)
The Club have confirmed eleven new players in the Wanderers Youth Team intake for the 2004-5 season. The signings are likely to be a new two year 'Modern Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence' (MASE) which will replace the previous three year scholarships in operation across the Football League. The final details were still in discussion at a high level, including FA and Government, when this article was first published.
Other activity before the end of the 2003/4 season will see the Club decide on the future of several existing Youth Teamers. The current three year schemes have an option on the part of the Club whether to retain the player on the football side for the third year. The Wanderers Youth Team management will therefore have to decide on the future's of Second Year Scholars Mark Boland, Matty Fox, Leon Gordon, Nathanial Griffiths and Rob Tungatt. Matt Heggie and James Rogers have already left the Club by mutual consent while Andy Reilly has been awarded a pro contract for his final year amongst the Youth Team set-up.
Third Year scholar Mark Philo has already signed a pro deal until June 2005 but midfielder Jamie McClurg, central defender Stuart Hole and goalkeeper Tom Gott are also waiting a decision on whether they will be offered professional terms after their Third Year is completed at the end of the current campaign. Hole and Gott have been with the Wanderers since they were 13 years old, while McClurg was recruited during the 2002/3 season from Finchamstead. The remaining Third Years; Billy Harding, John-Paul Kelly and Matty Warner all left by mutual consent earlier in the season.
Wycombe Wanderers - 1st Year Scholars/Apprentices 2004/5
James Faulkner Andy Savage Shane Garricks Ryan Tackley
Dean Thornton Tom Cadmore Wesley Douglas Gary Bunting
Ikechi Anya Craig Roberts D'juvane Davidson Walters Group
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The new first year intake includes five faces that have come through Wanderers' Centre of Excellence system with the remainder having impressed as triallists during the latter stages of the 2003/4 campaign. All the players were introduced to supporters prior to the home game with Tranmere Rovers on Monday 12th April and came on the day that the Walters Group officially signed an extension of their sponsorship of the Youth Team by a further four years.
The lads from the COE are strikers James Faulkner and Andy Savage, midfielder Shane Garricks, defender Craig Roberts and goalkeeper Dean Thornton, all who have been regulars for the U17's during 2003/4.
The other new faces include Ryan Tackley a defender/midfielder who was on the books at Chelsea; right winger Ikechi Anya and left sided defender Gary Bunting, the latter two are understood to have been involved in the Youth schemes at Reading and Watford. They will be joined by two powerful central defenders. Tom Cadmore comes highly rated despite being released from the Watford Youth Academy. Cadmore has already played senior football for Heybridge Swifts before appearing for the Wanderers Under 19 and Reserves sides during the tail end of 2003/4. Wesley Douglas is another centre-half who can also play up front. He was spotted playing for Charlton Athletic and was attracting the attention of Nottingham Forest and Leicester City before Wycombe offered him a deal following a final recommendation from Tony Adams. The list is completed by D'juvane Davidson, a nippy winger who has been released by the Reading Academy and impressed enough in trial games to be offered the final place amongst an unprecendented number of new faces in Wycombe's scholar system.

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