Walton Casuals have a proud record when it comes to youth players, with manager Anthony Gale having a philosophy that 'If you're good enough, you're old enough'. This was evident when he signed academy goalkeeper Elgi Fejzo on first team terms earlier in the season, with Elgi proving his talent when he stood in for the suspended Denzel for two games. We also have 16 year old Reece Robins in the first team squad with five appearances and a goal to his name already.
We are now proud to have another academy player sign for the first team as George Burnham put pen to paper earlier today. George has shown tremendous application since joining the academy and Anthony has seen enough in the young lad to promote him to the first team squad.
"George has been a shining example within the academy this year in how to conduct yourself on and off the pitch. His education is going extremely well and his footballing ability is improving week by week. This young man has an exception talent and willingness to learn, he picks things up very quickly and puts them into practice and his parents can be really proud of what he's already achieved in a short space of time.
The opportunity to now train with and be around the first team squad will now only help him to develop even further. He deserves this opportunity and I look forward to working with him more closely on the training pitch with the first team.
This is just another example of the pathway being created through the college programme. We now have Elgi who has already made two first team appearances and now George in the first team squad, two academy products that are now a part of the first team which just shows that the academy is working. This is what it's all about, taking players, developing them and then giving them first team opportunities."