WE are very pleased to announce that three of our promising Under-16 squad...
...have confirmed their acceptance of an apprenticeship with us for the 2016-17 season.
They are: Michael Cooper, a goalkeeper from Exeter; Luke Jephcott, a striker from Ponsanooth, near Truro; and Cameron Sangster, a left-sided midfield player from Newton Abbot.
Michael progressed through our Exeter Centre of Excellence before joining the Academy as an 11-year-old in 2009.
He started his playing career with his local team West Hill Wasps Under-11s and attended St Peter’s School in Lympstone before joining Plymouth College three years ago.
Michael is a very talented cricketer, who has represented Devon at under-12 to under-15 levels, and was a young member of the 20013-14 season's successful Milk Cup squad that reached the competition's semi-finals, starting in all the fixtures.
He made his Under-18s debut last season, playing in three fixtures as a 15-year-old and has now started in 10 fixtures during this season’s successful South West Youth Alliance campaign.
Luke joined our player pathway initially through our Cornwall Centre of Excellence based at Brannel School in St Stephens prior to signing for the Academy as an under-14. He started his playing career with the Wendron Under-9s to Under-13s and then played for Helston Under-14s; he has also represented West Cornwall Schools at under-13 and under-14 levels.
He played his part in last year's Northern Ireland Milk Cup, impressively making a positive impact by scoring five goals in five matches, and made his Under-18s debut this season against Bristol Rovers; he scored his first goal against AFC Bournemouth.
Luke has now been involved with Under-18s on nine occasions, scoring three goals during this season’s successful South West Youth Alliance campaign. He also had a call-up for the Welsh Under-16s' training Camp during the early part of the season.
Cameron was scouted by our recruitment officer, John James, while playing for his local side, Chelston, and was then introduced into the Academy as a nine-year-old.
He attended Newton Abbot College before joining Ivybridge Community College two years ago, and was also young member of the 20013-14 season's successful Milk Cup squad.
Cameron made his Under-18s full debut this season against AFC Bournemouth in the last game of the South West Youth Alliance triumph, but had been involved as a substitute on five other occasions. He scored twice against Cheltenham Town, helping the side to recover from a 4-1 deficit and gain a 4-4 draw.