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Jacob Wins Academy Player Of The Month

24 March 2017

Congratulations to Jacob Russell, who is the winner of the EA SPORTS Academy Player of the Month for February.
This is awarded to a member of the club's academy on a monthly basis and this latest award goes to the Under 15’s goalkeeper.
Russell spoke to as he received the award saying “The month started with me playing for the under 15s and then also played in the next age group up so I was delighted with that. I have always looked to be a goalkeeper and working hard to try and improve my game. Our age group have had a good season in the league and only got knocked out by a good Arsenal side in the quarter finals of our cup competition.”
Academy Goalkeeping Coach Gary Phillips said "Jacob has been with the club for a few years now, works hard at his game, progressed to playing a number of matches for the under 16s which is great for him at his age. He has always shown that he has the right attributes to be a good goalkeeper and is a player who I look forward to seeing developing into the next stage of his career in years to come."
In terms of picking the winner, the academy management ask each age group manager to submit a POTM from their group. The management then discuss the nominees and decide on the overall winner to receive the award.

CLICK HERE to watch an interview with Jacob and his coach, Gary Phillips. 

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