Exciting times at Swans Academy as the club, in association with Kingston College, sees three of our young Swans moving up to Football League recognition. With some great results on the field and some hard work behind the scenes the Academy set up is achieving some well earned respect. Only last week Deshane Dalling followed Joe Aribo and Terence Vancooten in progressing forward when Huddersfield Town completed the signing of the 18 year-old. Deshane will join the Town’s Development Squad.
Joe Aribo has been compared to England’s Dele Alli by Addicks boss Karl Robinson. Aribo set up three goals in Charlton’s recent 4-1 win over Bristol Rovers, adding to an assist against Southend on 31 December. Robinson added “Four assists in two games is incredible. I have seen it before with a very special talent who is working in north London now,” he said. Joe 20, made his first-team debut for Charlton in October, and last month extended his contract with the Addicks until 2019. Terence VanCooten is part of the Championship club Reading FC set up at U23 level …
Kingston College / Staines Town Football Club Men’s Football Academy for the 2017/18 football season and academic year have released dates of the next trial and details can be found at https://followtheswans.com/2017/01/05/academy-trials-date-announced/
Also ‘flying high’ is ex Swans Captain David Wheeler at Exeter City hitting the net again for the Grecians [ a personal season record] and helping them move to just a point of the play-offs. ‘Wheeler’ is a popular figure both with both his teammates and City supporters and writes a weekly column in the Exeter Express & Echo where he gives his insights into life at St James Park and his thoughts on politics and news stories of the time.