Thorniley Takes Top Academy Prize


Jordan Thorniley scooped the big prize at Everton’s Academy Awards evening on Tuesday as he became the latest recipient of the prestigious Keith Tamlin award.

The accolade, named after the Club’s Vice-Life President, rewards a player for their excellence, attitude and application during their time spent in the Academy.

Thorniley, who captained Everton Under-18s to within 90 minutes of a second successive Premier League title, made 22 appearances in the heart of defence and collected his prize at the BT Convention Centre.

Speaking to evertontv at the end of the awards, the Warrington-born teenager said: “It's been a successful year even though we were disappointed to miss out on the title. It's great to win this - I know the likes of Ross Barkley and Ryan Ledson have won it in recent years - and I'm now targeting a regular role for the Under-21s next season."

Fellow second-year scholar Antonee Robinson has also excelled during 2014/15 and he was honoured with the Under-18s Players' Player of the Season award.

Robinson, a left-back, returned from a knee injury to aid the Under-18s' title charge before also forcing his way into David Unsworth's Under-21 squad in the final stage of the season.

Meanwhile, Harry Charsley’s superb solo strike for Everton Under-18s against Chelsea saw the youngster leave with the Academy Goal of the Season award.

It is the second significant gong which Charsley has received this month after he was named the Academy Player of the Season at last Wednesday’s annual End of Season Awards evening.

Players' Player of the Season awards were distributed to one member of each age group in the Everton Academy, ranging from the Under-6s through to the Under-18s.

Every player in the Club’s youth setup also left with a pennant in recognition of their contributions over the course of 2014/15, which were presented by Professional Development Co-Ordinator, Joe Royle, Everton ambassador Ian Snodin and Academy graduates Ryan Ledson and Matthew Pennington.

“We are very proud of everybody at the academy - from the younger levels representing the Club in overseas tournaments, to our graduates who have gone on to play for the first team,” said Academy Director Tim Devine.

“The players that picked up the awards tonight thoroughly deserved to do so.”

Tuesday’s awards evening, which was attended by all staff affiliated with the Club’s youth setup, also saw Academy players who had represented their respective nations at junior level throughout the last season recognised. 

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Successes by the Club’s Academy teams competing in tournaments across Belgium, Holland, France, Poland and the United Kingdom during 2014/15 were also acknowledged.

The event concluded with Devine delivering a speech in which he thanked and congratulated the award winners and those who have supported the Academy over the past 12 months.

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