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Coleman Praise For Stanley Trio Signing Pro Terms

Accrington Stanley have offered professional contracts to Max Hazeldine, Kealan Steenson and Keenan Quansah.

The trio, all second year apprentices, have already had experience of training with the first-team and manager John Coleman rates them highly.

“You wouldn’t ever give players contracts for the sake of saying you’d brought players through into the first team squad,” the Reds boss told the club’s website.

“They have to be good enough and these three lads are exciting young players. They all have different attributes and they are all capable of becoming good players. Whether they can make the step up to league football is for us to find out in the next year.”

Winger Kealan is 18 and from Manchester, striker Max, age 18, from Stockport and defender Keenan is 18 from Warrington and they all came through the Stanley Academy.

The trio were all part of the successful FA Youth Cup side last season, when the Reds beat West Ham and Bristol City and reached the fifth round.

“Kealan’s a good dribbler who has a good footballing brain,” continued Coleman.

“Max is obviously a goal-scorer and Keenan is a powerful lad who has got the build and is a good footballer as well. He has the advantage that he may not come into the first-team squad having to physically compete so much.”

“I hope they can start learning from training with the first-team straight away. We’ve always tried to encourage integration between the first-team and the youth-team and that’ll be more evident next season.”

“I think the youth team players definitely benefit from having some exposure to the first-team and I don’t think it should be limited to just a couple of players. They should all get their opportunity.”

Academy Manager John Townson added: “This is fantastic news for the club, the Academy and most of all the three lads. It shows the club’s commitment to youth and further highlights the Academy’s success.”

“While the lads are delighted, and rightly so as their talent and hard work has been rewarded, they must now kick on and continue working hard in order to establish themselves as professional footballers.”

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