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Academy end of term reports

Posted on 27 June 2005  - 12:00

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Pat Holland takes a look back at how his Academy squad performed last season.

Coach Pat admitted it was a mixed season in terms of league performance lifted by a fantastic run to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

"That was the icing on the cake," reflected Pat. "That recovered the season for us and livened everything up. It gave everyone a lift and our league form improved as well."

Indeed, with three wins in the last four league games (only five defeats in the final 15), the FA Youth Cup and the progress of a number of schoolboys, next season looks bright.

Anway, here are Pat's end of season reports - we'll be running his views on 28 players this week...

Troy Archibald-Henville
Pat Holland: "He’s a raw talent, our Troy. He first caught my eye in our indoor training facility when he dribbled out with the ball and he just looked very comfortable. I like what I’ve seen of him so far, he’s got a lot of potential and next season will be very interesting with him."

Andy Barcham
Pat: "Andy did ever so well last season. He was our top goalscorer and I think his game has improved. It’s important now for Andy to find a position because in fairness to the lad, he has played outside right, outside left and up front for me but I’ve been delighted with his progress. I hope he continues that when he goes up to Clive Allen next season."

David Button
Pat: "In fairness, I’ve not seen a lot of David but obviously with him being an England goalkeeper there is great potential there. He’s a lovely size for a goalkeeper, he’s got a good attitude - I've spoken regularly to Perry Suckling (Academy goalkeeping coach) about him and we’re looking forward to him joining us."

Charlie Daniels
Pat: "Charlie recovered after a slow start to the season. He’s a boy who needs confidence but I think as the season went on he did a good job for me, deserved his professional contract and I wish him all the best when he goes to work with Clive."

Jamie Davis
Pat: "Jamie’s an orthodox winger. He’s got pace, can beat a man on the outside and crosses an excellent ball. What he needs to do now is come in and do it on a consistent basis as a First Year trainee. An exciting talent."