Date:Monday August 3 2009
In recent years Sheffield Wednesday's Academy has been vital to the club. As the Owls look towards a brighter future the academy remains an integral cog in the Wednesday wheel. In this academy update we take a look at the new batch of scholars as well as the talented 2nd years.
Sheffield Wednesday's youngsters finished last season strongly, this culminated in four of the youth team turning professional.
Max Wragg, Nick Wood, Charlie Tunnard and Callum Harrison all signed one-year-deals at the club.
With Sean McAuley committed to the future development of Wednesday's starlets for years to come, and the Owls' 2nd years being branded as 'the best we've ever had' it could well be a successful season ahead.
Always keen to bring more exposure to the academy here at Vital, we take a brief look at the youngsters who will be hoping to make a name for themselves this season.
Sean Cuff - Goalkeeper signed from Middlesbrough in the summer. Has represented England before and will be hoping a change of scenery will allow him to develop his potential.
Nicky Haywood - Local born left-back, who likes to get forward and isn`t afraid of getting stuck in. Nicky is a self-proclaimed Wednesdayite who is on the recovery trail after breaking a leg.
Brandon Cardwell - Centre-back very much in the 'Beevers' mould. The right-footed player has supported Wednesday all his life and has aspirations of playing at Hillsborough.
Joel Magill- Central-defender. Has the pace to help out other defenders, as well as a strong left foot.
Callum Pinhorn - Right sided defender who likes to get forward. Another signing from Sheffield Rangers
Sam Eckhardt - Defender signed from Sheffield United. Looks dangerous going forward and is a sound defender.
Cecil Nyoni - Versatile Zimbabwe born player who has shown he can play either at the back, or in midfield and excel. Could well be a name to look out for.
Paddy Lacey - Midfielder signed from Blackburn. Ex-Liverpool youngster brings a good pedigree to Middlewood Road.
Jack Poulton - Attacking player, who has recently played at left-back. Impressed at Under 16 level and has every chance of impressing at Under 18s. Ex-Sheffield Ranger.
William Kendall - Ecclesfield product with a good physique. The striker holds up the ball like a front man ahead of his years. Ex-Sheffield Ranger.
Sam Mir - Ex-Blackburn and Leeds winger with bundles of pace. Can also play up-front or in the centre.
Dale Newton - Injury-prone Goalkeeper who was highly rated prior to his scholarship. Will be eager to overcome his problems and push Cuff for a starting place.
Josh Wilde - Left-back who failed to make much of an impact last season. Will be going all out to become more noticed this time around.
Liam Palmer - Struggled to find a position to call his own last season. On the ball he looks very dangerous and as though he is about to make something happen. Probably best used behind the front two.
Danny Kirkland - Seemed to be held back last season after being touted as a potential star. Has a dangerous left foot and good engine. Could be his season to shine.
James Cottingham - Talented central-midfielder who has already trained with the first-team. Will be stepping up his game in order to secure a pro-deal.
Jack Barnett - Wily central-midfielder. Has already shown this pre-season that he has an eye for a goal, just needs to add strength to aid his obvious ability.
Vital's One To Watch - Vadaine Oliver - Versatile player who hit the goal trail last season. Already had a taste of first-team action and will be keen to have more this season.
Patrick Meehan- Aussie midfielder likened to Brett Emerton. Another development year in store, as he adjusts to the English game.
Nathan Modest - Pacey forward who has already made his mark in the first-team. Modest is desperate to add more goals to his game in order to push himself further into Brian Laws' plans.
Tom Hall- Striker who got amongst the goals last season. The Matt Damon lookalike will be looking for an even better return this time around.
Date:Monday August 3 2009
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