Scholars Added To Academy

by Mike Taylor
@Everton

The latest batch of Everton Academy youngsters have graduated to become full-time players at the Club.

The 14 boys have been registered as Academy members since ages varying between seven and 16 and will now work alongside the first-team at the Blues' Finch Farm training ground.

With the scholars having been in school until recently, they were only able to train outside on weekday evenings or weekends - but it is now their full-time job to play for Everton.

Academy Director Dr Peter Vint, Joint Head of Academy Coaching Sean Lundon, Head of Education and Welfare David Porter and other members of the Finch Farm team led presentations to explain to the youngsters and their parents what is required and expected of them now they have stepped up to their new status.

Below is a quick who’s who guide to Finch Farm’s latest young recruits.

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Above (left to right): Alex Denny, Jordan Corke, Charlie Ball, Nathan Baxter.

Alex Denny (Midfielder): An engine in the middle of the park, Denny looks up to established players such as Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure. He was part of the Blues’ triumphant Dallas Cup squad earlier in the year.

Jordan Corke (Defender): A strong one-v-one defender, Corke has been at the Academy since the age of seven.

Charlie Ball (Forward): Born in Southport, Ball idolised Brazil legends Ronaldo and Ronaldinho while growing up. 

Nathan Baxter (Defender): A quick and powerful centre-back, Baxter spent time in the Vitesse Arnhem academy before joining the Blues.

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Above (left to right): Stephen Duke-McKenna, Sid Kerr, Fraser Hornby, Joe Hilton.

Stephen Duke-McKenna (Midfielder): A skilful left winger, Duke-McKenna was born in Liverpool and is eligible to play for Guyana, Holland, Republic of Ireland, as well as England.

Sid Kerr (Midfielder): Formerly of Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, Kerr is a defensive midfielder whose main strengths are passing, reading the game and tackling.

Fraser Hornby (Midfielder): Signed from Northampton Town as a 14-year-old, Hornby is a Scotland youth international known for his creativity and goalscoring prowess.

Joe Hilton (Goalkeeper): A towering goalkeeper, Hilton joined the Academy from Manchester City earlier this year.

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Above (left to right): Nathan Moore, Tom Murphy, Manassé Mampala.

Nathan Moore (Defender): Moore is a quick right-back who joined Everton at the age of 13.

Tom Murphy (Goalkeeper): An Irish custodian, Murphy believes his main strength is shot stopping. He also enjoys Gaelic football.

Manassé Mampala (Forward): Born in Kinshasa, DR Congo, is a strong and composed striker, who looks up to fellow countryman Yannick Bolasie.

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Above (left to right): Thomas Scully, Kieran Phillips, Con Ouzounidis.

Thomas Scully (Midfielder): Scully, who attended Maricourt High School, once played for Liverpool before choosing the Blues. His favourite player of all time is Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

Kieran Phillips (Forward): A composed striker, Yorkshire-born Phillips first joined Huddersfield Town before heading to Finch Farm.

Con Ouzounidis (Defender): Ouzounidis was born in Australia but is also able to play for Greece. He is a strong one-v-one defender. 

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