HERE are the profiles of Kevin Hodges' young charges, each hoping to do enough to one day become a professional footballer.
Second Year Goalkeeper
Cory hails from Oreston in Plymouth and attended Ivybridge Community College, just as his brother Tyler did. He has been with Argyle since 2006 after joining the Centre of Excellence as an eight-year-old, having played for Hooe FC. He represented Plymouth schools at primary and secondary level. Cory has represented Argyle in the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup and was an influential player in the team that won the Merit League title last season.
Jack CalverSecond Year Full-Back/Midfielder
Jack is from Looe in Cornwall, he attended Looe Community College and in the early years played for Looe Town. Jack was spotted in 2006 playing for his primary school in a local tournament; he joined Argyle's Centre of Excellence that year. Has represented Cornwall schools at primary and secondary levels. Jack has represented Argyle in the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup and was an influential player in the team that won the Merit League title last season.
Second Year Defender
Owen, from Derriford in Plymouth, attended St Boniface’s Catholic College. Owen played for Plymstock FC before he came to Argyle, aged 13, via the Argyle Development Centre based at Stoke Damerel. Owen represented Plymouth schools at secondary levels. He was an influential player in the team that won the Merit League title last season.
Born in Oxford, Liam represented Oxford United at Under 9s prior to moving to Cornwall. Liam now lives in St Austell, here he attended Penrice School. He represented Cornwall Schools at primary and secondary level. Liam came through Chris Souness' Bodmin Development Centre and played for Tregorrick Football Club before joining Argyle's Centre of Excellence in 2010. Liam was an integral member of the team that won the Merit League title last season.
Liam KnowlesSecond Year Defender
Billy, from Looe in Cornwall, attended Looe Community College. He represented Cornwall schools at primary and secondary levels and played for local side Looe Town in his early years.
Billy PalfreySecond Year Full-back/Midfielder
He was spotted in the same 2006 tournament as Jack Calver and joined Argyle's Centre of Excellence as an eight-year-old. He left the programme four years later to play local football, during this period he also experienced trials for Leeds United only to return to the Academy in 2013. Billy was an influential player in the team that won the Merit League title last season.
From Langport in Somerset, Jamil attended Millfield School for a number of years before moving to Huish Episcopi Academy. Recruited into the Argyle Academy in 2012 after he left Portsmouth’s Academy, Jamil was in integral member of the team that won the Merit League title last season.
Jamil RobertsSecond Year Defdnder
Jake MillerSecond Year Midfielder
From St Budeaux in Plymouth, Jake played for local side then called Tamarside and attended the Marine Academy. He represented Plymouth Schools at secondary level. Liverpool, Fulham and Southampton have shown an interest in Jake but he was happy to accept an apprenticeship with his hometown club. Jake has skippered Argyle in the Milk Cup and has benefited from playing Under 18`s football since 14 years of age. Unfortunately Jake picked up a long-term injury last November and is now just returning to competitive football.
From Belliver in Plymouth, Jason attended Tavistock Community College. He joined Argyle as a 13-year-old via the Stoke Damerel Development Centre, prior to this he played for local team Marine Academy (Tamarside). He represented Plymouth schools at secondary level. Jason participated in the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup and played an integral part in winning the Merit League title last season finishing second highest goal scorer with 13 goals.
Jason VincentSecond Year Forward
Ben, from Chudleigh, attended Blundell’s School in Tiverton. Ben joined Argyle's Centre of Excellence in 2007 aged nine, prior to this he played for Bovey Tracey FC. He has an excellent sporting background having played both cricket and rugby at county level. Ben balanced his education and all his sport to earn himself an apprenticeship with the club. Ben was an influential member of the team that won the Merit League title last season scoring some impressive goals.
Ben SteerSecond Year Midfielder
Alex BattleFirst Year Forward
Alex, a local lad from Plymouth, attended Plymstock School. He played for local side Keyham Kolts prior to joining the Academy in 2013. Alex is another who traveled to Northern Ireland and represented Argyle in the team that progressed to the Milk Cup semi-finals against the Corinthians from Brazil. He has represented the Plymouth Schoolboys under-15s. He came into the Academy system from 14 years and made a quick impression with his stylish attacking play creating and scoring goals.
Jordan BentleyFirst Year Defender
Defender Jordan is the brother of second year professional Aaron, hails from Tamerton Foliot and played for the Tamerton Foliot team before joining the Academy system aged 13 years in 2010. He attended St Boniface College in Plymouth before joining Ivybridge College. He was a leading light in the successful Milk Cup squad that reached the semi final stages against the Corinthians from Brazil. He has represented the Plymouth Schoolboys at a number of age groups. Jordan made 9 appearances for the under-18s last season; he is a very determined player who enjoys defending.
Alex, from Newton Abbot, attended Torquay Grammar School and represented Torbay Schools at all levels. He played for his local side W.B.B. in Newton Abbot before joining the Academy system aged 9 years in 2008. Is the cousin of former West Ham and Stoke city winger Matthew Etherington. Fulham showed an interest in Alex before agreeing his apprenticeship last year. He had broken into the under-18’s last season with 8 appearances; starting in 4 of them. He scored three goals in the Youth Alliance League with his strong attacking and creative play.
Alex FletcherFirst Year Forward
Connor, a versatile Plymothian, joined the Academy at the start of his under 16 year in 2014. He attended Marine Academy School. Connor has played his football with Marine Academy FC in the DJM, and represented Plymouth Schools under 14s and 15s. He had previously trialed with the club and his perseverance and willingness to listen to the coach’s recommendations to him demonstrate that hard work and determination can pay off.
Connor McAuleyFirst Year Midfielder/Forward
Josh RichardsFirst Year Midfielder
Josh hails from Redruth and attended Redruth School, he developed through our Cornwall Centre of Excellence based at Brannel School in St Stephens as well as playing for Helston FC. He joined the Academy in 2013. Josh represented West Cornwall Schools at under 14 and 15 levels and played his part in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup success. Josh is very passionate about his football and impressed with his work rate and tenacity starting on five occasions for the under 18 Youth Alliance team last season.
Daniel, from Torpoint, is the brother of first year professional Louis. In his early years he played for Looe Town FC, he attended Torpoint Community College. He joined the Academy in 2007. Daniel represented Northern Ireland under 17’s in the Syrenka Cup International Football Tournament in Poland last year. He also broke into the under 18s last year showing good promise with some assured performances; being comfortable when in possession and he contributed to the cause creating some goals. Daniel also shows versatility as an attacking or holding midfielder.
Daniel RooneyFirst Year Midfielder
Callum hails from Brixham and attended Brixham Community College. He joined the Academy towards the end of 2014 having previously spent some time at Aston Villa`s Academy. He has played his football locally with Brixham AFC and Marldon FC in the Pioneer League and he impressed with his aerial strengths dominating the opposition. Callum gave some very assured performances to gain this wonderful opportunity.
Callum RoseFirst Year Defender
First Year Defender/Midfielder
Devonport High School student Sam, who lives a stone’s throw away from Home Park in Milehouse, played for local side Keyham Kolts prior to joining the Academy in 2009. Sam came to the fore at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup in the successful side that reached the semi-final against the Corinthians. He made good progress on his return demonstrating that he is an intelligent player with a desire to learn. He has represented the Plymouth Schoolboys under-15s and deserved this opportunity.
First Year Defender/Midfielder
Aaron Taylor has proved to be a versatile player, playing in a number of positions effectively. He is from Westward Ho! in North Devon and attended Bideford College. Prior to joining the Academy in 2011 he played for Bideford Blues football team. Aaron has shown great strength of character and determination, he broke his leg playing in the under 15’s nearly two seasons ago, but worked extremely hard to recover from this set back and showed tremendous commitment considering the distances he travelled. He broke into the under 18s last season where he made five appearances with three starts. Another player thoroughly deserving of this opportunity.