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Town's Romanski Recognised By LFE

Academy Starlets Hailed For On & Off Pitch Achievements

21 May 2018

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The on and off the pitch achievements of eleven young footballers, including Town's very own Joe Romanski, has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE).

'The 11' acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.

This accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards Dinner in April.

England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman (formerly Charlton Athletic), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly Sheffield United) and Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) have all previously been named in 'The 11.'

Everton forward Lookman and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Cook also went on to become Apprentice of the Year winners, as did Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Ben Wilmot (Stevenage), who were both featured prior to picking up the 2018 awards in the Championship and League Two, respectively.

Others to previously appear in this select group include Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth), James Justin (Luton Town) and England Under-17 World Cup winners Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) and Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town). 

Joe Romanski enjoyed a fine year on and off the field, exceeding his framework target of DD and becoming the first player born in the 2000s to represent Town after making his debut against Grimsby Town in April.

The 11 - May 2018:

Jack Evans - Blackburn Rovers

Alex Render - Chesterfield

Elliot Bonds (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Cameron Cresswell (Derby County)

James Morris (Doncaster Rovers)

James Gillard (Northampton Town)

Atli Barkarson (Norwich City)

Adam O'Reilly (Preston North End)

Adam Kelsey (Scunthorpe United)


Ryan Giles - Wolverhampton Wanderers

LFE Chief Executive Alan Sykes added: "The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season.

"It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship."

For in-depth profiles on all of the players named in 'The 11' for May, please visit the LFE website. 


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