Newport County AFC are delighted to announce that six new first-year scholars have signed deals with the club ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Evan Ovendale, Harrison Bright, Iestyn Evans, Callum Ryan-Phillips, Kian Pritchard and Ethan Morgan all signed scholarship papers on Thursday.
They will join up with the Exiles for the upcoming campaign under the guidance of Academy Manager Damien Broad, who is preparing for his first full season in the role after being appointed to oversee the Academy in December.
The scholars will be based with our Training and Education Partners, Lliswerry High School, where they will study for two years in partnership with League Football Education.
Alongside their education they will also be using the on-site facilities for training throughout the week.
Evan Ovendale - Goalkeeper
Harrison Bright - Right-back
Iestyn Evans - Centre-back
Callum Ryan-Phillips - Centre-back
Kian Pritchard - Winger
Ethan Morgan - Striker
Academy Manager Damien Broad said: "This is great news for the Academy and I'm delighted to be able to welcome the players to the club.
"The competition for scholarships this year has been very strong and we believe that these players have shown real potential. Hopefully we will be able to help them achieve this over the next few years.
"Everybody involved at the Academy has had a difficult few months and, in signing for the club, these boys as well as all our players, staff and parents can now start to look forward to the future by getting excited for our return to football.
"There are a number of great people working at the Academy, which means these players will be in very good hands over the next two years in the professional development phase.
"They will have a lot of support from the coaches, analysts, sports scientists and medical staff.
"But the hard work, commitment and sacrifices they will have to make along their journey starts now."