Midfielder's rise is rewarded
Alfie Egan’s impressive season of progress has been recognised by the League Football Education (LFE).
Midfielder Egan has been chosen for “The 11”, which selects Under-18 players on apprenticeships in 2015/16 at current or former Football League clubs.
It caps a rapid rise for Egan this season with his stunning goals during AFC Wimbledon’s brilliant FA Youth Cup run culminating in a professional contract.
“The 11” award was introduced by the LFE to reward on and off pitch achievements, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.
Judged by LFE’s team of regional officers, this award is given on four occasions in the season to celebrate the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the Apprentice of the Year Awards later in the season.
Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, Crewe’s George Cooper and Portsmouth’s Conor Chaplin were all named in ‘The 11’, ahead of tasting success at last season’s Football League Awards, where they received divisional Apprentice of the Year titles.
The 11 named this season is as follows:
Alfie Egan (AFC Wimbledon) •
Ronan Hale (Birmingham) •
Ethan Wassall (Derby County) •
Finn O’Mara (Gillingham) •
Liam Harris (Lincoln City) •
James Justin (Luton Town) •
Mitchell Curry Middlesbrough) •
James Hammond (Northampton Town) •
Adam May (Portsmouth) •
George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) •
Jake Phillips (Wrexham) •
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes said: “This recognition 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 the apprenticeship.”
.websiteFor in depth profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ please visit the LFE