It’s been all smiles for the Imps Youth Department this week with the news that 2nd year Apprentice Jack Roberts (pictured) has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U19’s squad for a two day training camp.
The Clubs Head of Youth, Tom Spall, is clearly delighted that one of his young charges has received international recognition;
“It’s fantastic that Jack has been given the opportunity to represent his country at international level and we’re all extremely pleased. The Youth department here at Lincoln is doing very well in terms of developing and retaining players and this is an indication of our progress.”
In addition to Jack’s international call up, the Club have handed four other Apprentices professional deals and four more have been successful in gaining a place at a Nebraska University.
Gary King, Martin Pembleton, Lennell John-Lewis and Daniel Hone (pictured above L- R) all impressed at the Club last season and have been rewarded with one year professional contracts at Sincil Bank.
Tom Spall spoke glowingly of their achievements:
“These four lads have done exceptionally well and we have high hopes for them. Danny Hone played with the first team in 20 league games last season and he’s definitely one for the future.”
“All four recently played a part in the first team’s pre-season victory over Aston Villa which is testament to their abilities and hard work.”
The four Apprentices jetting off to Nebraska (pictured above L –R) are Luke Baxter, Tom Garrick, Lee Wellburn and Jamie McCormack. All four have been successful in securing a scholarship at Bellvue University and will undertake a degree in Sports Management & Exercise.
Having been to the US himself, Tom Spall was thrilled to see the players heading for a new life across the pond,
“I’ve been to America numerous times and I have some good connections over there. It’s great news that these boys have gained scholarships on their release from the Club and as a department we’re always keen to help Apprentices find other options if they don’t get a pro contract.”