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Former academy players recieve international honours

By Dan Simmonite | 6th September 2019

Former York City academy starlets Ben Godfrey (England U21), Ryan Edmondson (England U19) and Cole Kiernan (Republic of Ireland U18) have all recently received call-ups to their respective national sides.

Godfrey left City in 2016 to join Norwich City and is now a regular in the Premier League, furthermore Edmondson now turns out for Leeds United U23s and Kiernan plays in the U18 Premier League for Sunderland.

Edmondson made his England youth debut last night and scored the second goal in the Three Lions' 3-1 victory against Greece at St. George’s Park.

City’s Head of Youth Dan Wilson was delighted with the news, he said: “I have only worked with Ryan who is now at Leeds but while he was here his attitude was excellent and it’s carried him a long way.

“Steve (Torpey) oversaw the development of a lot of these players and again he spoke really highly of him.

“Yorkshire is a great area for football and there are talented kids everywhere, sometimes it’s about giving them the right support at the right time and we have provided that in the past.”

Wilson credits the high standard of coaching within the academy which he believes is a key factor in nurturing the raw talent the club inherits through the various age groups.

He added: “Hopefully we do have some more who kick on as we have some really good players here.

“You look at those who have got international call-ups and we have the same coaches here who previously worked with those players in the same setup, so there’s no reason why we can’t keep producing players to go on and do great things in the game.”

City have held several young talents who have then secured early moves into professional football, including Sam Fielding (Barnsley) and Gabby McGill (Dunfermline Athletic) in recent years.

Wilson also has high expectations for the current crop in Tim Ryan’s under-18 side who have had short spells in the first team during pre-season as well as getting off to a flying start in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday, beating Pontefract Collieries 3-0 at Bootham Crescent.

He explained: “You don’t want to hold players back and you want them to fulfil their potential.

“These players all have great opportunities with the club, and I know if they do well enough then the gaffer will pick them so it’s a good place to be.

“There are also the first years who haven’t had that first team exposure as of yet – there is high hopes for that group as well.”

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