Academy stars make step to U18s team

Friday, June 8, 2018
Academy stars make step to U18s team

Seven Motherwell academy graduates will play in Stephen McManus’ under 18s side in the 2018/19 season.

The club’s involvement in the elite level of Project Brave will see a full time under 18s team, headed by the former Scotland captain.

Robbie Hemfrey is a goalkeeper who has represented Scotland at youth international level.

Centre back Yusuf Hussain and full back Jack Brown are defenders, while Stuart McKinstry is an industrious midfielder.

Midfielders Adam Kettings and Reece McAlear, along with striker Cole Starrs, are regulars for Scotland at youth level.

Joining the seven graduates who have been promoted is a new arrival from Hibernian. Dean Cornelius arrived in the summer after ‘Well picked him up following his exit from Easter Road.

“This is an important time in youth development in Scottish football with Project Brave being introduced,” academy director Steven Hammell said.

”Motherwell are one of the elite clubs and have made significant investment towards trying to develop the next crop of first team players.

“We are excited by what the seven boys can offer and wish them the very best as they look to progress their careers with us.”

Under 18s coach McManus added: “This is an exciting time for the club as we welcome our first professionals at this age level.

“I’m looking forward to working with all of them and helping them with their ambitions of being first team players at Motherwell and forging a successful career in the game.”

 

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