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*A focus on the significant progress being made within Solihull Moors' youth ranks - by James Williams*
The Moors Academy has seen “unprecedented success” within its plan to develop and progress the most talented young players within the region.

Often young footballers are released prematurely by clubs within the higher echelons of the Football League, however since The Moors Academy was founded only one year ago, the club has seen talents filter through its ranks either graduating into Moors’ first-team or moving higher than ever before.

There are currently ten academy graduates that represent Moors’ top two squads – all of whom have crossed over from professional football clubs across the Midlands.

To pick a few are players who have represented the county in every game this year and those who have specifically impressed Director of Sport Mark Fogarty and Academy Manager Sam Manoochehri.

The first name mentioned was Kieran Dawes. Released from Birmingham City, he joined The Moors Academy in hope of enhancing his ability as a footballer. After becoming one of the hottest prospects for the club, Blues re-signed the U16 on a 2 year scholarship.

In similar circumstances, Marshall Willock – who was released from Walsall – joined Moors’ academy this year and has grown into an impressive centre-half. The 16 year-old has previously been out on trial at Birmingham City, Scunthorpe United and has had interest from Grimsby Town after impressing in a game he played against them. He has recently signed first team forms.

Mark Fogarty said: “I have been in this business since 1996 and I have not seen the growth we have seen here at the academy. It has been one year of unprecedented success”.

Additionally, pacey attacker Tyrese Shade – also released from Birmingham City – joined The Moors Academy this year, and was also offered a trial at Grimsby Town after an outstanding performance which impressed the opposition. Shade – having spent nine years at the Blues Academy – is hoping to develop at The Moors Academy and has recently signed with the first team..

Defender Reece McNally – who is the youngest player currently in The Moors Academy – was released from Coventry City and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Moors this year. McNally’s solid performances has attracted the interest of Birmingham City and Grimsby Town, with the Birmingham-born starlet not turning 17 until August this year. Reece has also signed for the first team.

Another local Brummie, Josh Endall, who is presently studying his GCSE’s at Kingshurt’s CTC Academy, was a trialist at The Moors Academy last month. The youngster impressed club officials that much that he was invited to train with Moors’ first-team, and has done ever since.

These inspiring achievements proves how quickly the growth of young players at the academy can be. If not for the incomparable commitment from Director of Sport, Mark Fogarty and the impressive quality of staff currently working in the Academy.

Mark Fogarty added: “We want to attract the best players who have been let go from Professional clubs. Payers are often let go too early, but with the quality of staff we have here, anything is possible”.

Ultimately, Solihull Moors Football Club has shown quality, urgency and professionalism in their bid to develop and evolve the community’s highly anticipated young athletes. With the evidence of such excellence already produced from the club, the future of the region’s community is in finer hands than ever before.
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