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Introducing the U-18s

15 July 2016

Video welcomes new crop for next season

Mark Robinson has put together his Under-18 squad for next season and he took time out from pre-season preparations to introduce us to the class of 2016/17.

Following last season’s brilliant run to the FA Youth Cup last-16 and an impressive league campaign, Mark will be aiming to engineer more success with this year’s crop.

  channel.You TubeA video with Mark introducing next season’s squad is available to view via our official 

The Under-18s take on Walton Casuals’ first-team tomorrow (3.30 pm kick-off at Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre) with supporters welcome to watch them in action.

The squad contains several new players at Under-18 level, though midfielder Louie Cockle is entering his third year as a scholar after missing almost a whole season due to serious injury.

Speaking before the Richmond Park training run, Mark said: “Here’s the famous Louie Cockle! It’s his third Richmond Park run as his scholarship has been extended due to his double leg break. Louie has come back looking really sharp, he is doing really well, and we want to push him on towards the Under-21s as soon as possible.”

Introducing new academy goalkeeper Joe Bursik, Mark added: “Joe’s a very exciting talent when he remembers his gloves!”

The Under-18 squad introduced by Mark on the video is as follows: Tom Scott, Great Nii Okai Evans, Judah Chapman, Nick Akoto, Reece Williams-Bowers, Toby Sibbick, Jayden Antwi, Louie Cockle, Ethan Nelson-Roberts, Joe Bursik, Anthony Hartigan, Nathan Wood, Antonio Walker, Tino Carperne, Reuben Collins, Osaze Urhoghide.

George Marchant will also be a part of the Under-18 squad once again next season, but he missed Tuesday's run due to injury.

The picture above shows players and academy coaches at Tuesday’s Richmond Park run.

    to view the video. Youth FocusWDON commentator Rob Cornell put together an entertaining video from the annual academy event. If you’ve not seen it yet, click on 

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