Four members of the Swansea City side that won the FAW Welsh Youth Cup have been offered professional contracts for next season.
The newly turned professionals are midfielders Kurtis March and Jordan Smith, full-back Ben Davies and winger Gwion Edwards. The four Apprentices have all been offered one-year contracts.
The Swans Head of Youth, Tony Pennock said “I’m pleased for the four boys.’‘
“They deserve to make the step up and I’m sure they will continue to work hard as young pros because they’ve still got a long way to go.”
“Unfortunately, the worst part of my job was releasing four other lads. While they are obviously disappointed, they should be proud of their achievements.”
“If they continue to work hard then there is no reason why their dream can’t come true further down the line,” added Pennock.
LFE Regional Officer Roger Gibbins, who has worked with the four players over the course of their two-year Apprenticeship, is more than happy to hear the news:
“It is no surprise to see four lads get pro contracts, plus one more in Thomas da Silva, a long term injury victim that is getting extra time for next season.”
“Since Tony Pennock took over as Head of Youth three years ago, the programme has gone from strength to strength, with 100% achievement in three consecutive years.”
The former Swansea City midfielder added:
“There has been a number of players progressing into the first team and what’s really pleasing is that the youngsters are being encouraged to play the game in the same way as the first team, a passing game that is bringing great success to both first team and youth team.”