Good And Bad News

June 22, 2015

Four second-year scholars have been offered and accepted professional terms by BRFC.

Following consultations between first-team manager Darrell Clarke, senior development coach Marcus Stewart, professional development phase coach Alan Walsh and academy manager Jonathan Henderson, the club have announced that 4 of the second-year scholars have been given professional contracts for 2015/16 season.

The four players who have accepted their offer of professional contracts are:-

Kieran Preston.


He joined the Academy 2 seasons ago from Nottingham Forest. The goalkeeper has been capped by Scotland at Under 19 level and during the early part of the 2014/15 season he was part of the first team squad.

Tyler Lyttle.

He joined the programme last season after being released at 16 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. The right back has been a near ever present for the Under 18 side this season. He received the award for ‘Youth Team Player of the Year’. He has previously featured for the England Under 18 Schools squad.

Jay Malpas.

He joined the Bristol Rovers Academy at 14. He has been in the Under 18 side for the past 2 seasons, and was this season’s Under 18’s captain. A central midfield player, he is still recovering from a broken foot which has sidelined him since December 2014.

Ryan Broom.

He joined the Bristol Rovers Academy at the age of 12.The versatile midfielder has featured consistently for the Under 18 side in a variety of attacking roles over the past few seasons as well as making a number of appearances for the development squad.

Academy Manager, Jonathan Henderson remarked: “We are really pleased to see the lads are offered deals for next season and it is a credit not only to the players but also to everyone in the academy.

“We felt that we had a strong group of players and that individually they were developing very well. It is no less than they deserve as they have worked so hard over the years.

“It’s also important to remember that not every club has a manager that takes a keen interest in the youth set up so the fact that another 4 players have progressed from the academy demonstrates the Club’s commitment to developing young players.”

Under 18 Lead Coach, Alan Walsh added, “Congratulations to all of the boys. It’s a fantastic achievement to be offered a contract and one that they all deserve.


“They now have another challenge with the first team and the hard work and positive attitudes that they have shown over the past couple of years must continue to give them the opportunity to progress further. We all look forward to seeing how their careers develop over the next few years.”

Bristol Rovers Football Club would like to thank Cameron Clarke, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Louis Ezewele, Mitchell Palmer and Harrison Trueman for their efforts and the commitment they have shown whilst with the Academy and all leave with the Club’s best wishes for the future.

Cameron Clarke,

Laurent Davis-Wilson,

Louis Ezewele,

Mitchell Palmer,

and Harrison Trueman

will not be signing professional contracts with Bristol Rovers FC.

The news that some of these players will not become first year professionals will raise a few eyebrows. The six month unbeaten run last season by the Under 18 side could only have been achieved if there were some quality players within in the Academy set-up.

Understandably, any club would not want to take a further nine players on as first year professionals having taken five youngsters on in the previous season. In the end the decision between some of those offered professional terms and some of those moving on would have been finely balanced.

Failing to win a professional contact at this stage can sometimes be a powerful springboard and a strong motivation to go on and achieve in other places or circumstances. It may not be the last time we hear of these five scholars and one or more of these players may well make the professional breakthrough at a later stage or in a different environment.

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