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Academy Players Involved In Welsh Squads

Rovers represented in recent Welsh camps.

15 May 2017

Several of the youth prospects in the Academy have been involved in international squads in recent weeks.

Three players from the ranks of the Rovers academy have recently been called up to represent various age categories for the Welsh national side.

Logan Bowkett and Luc Noble were both included in the Wales U15 squad for games against Belguim and Switzerland, while Lewis Clutton was on the scoresheet for the U16 side in a successful trip to Cyprus, taking in games against Albania, San Marino and the hosts, Cyprus.

Academy Manager, Jonathan Henderson, explains how the players can benefit from international call-ups and how it's beneficial for player development.

"It is a fantastic advert for what we are trying to do in the Academy."

"Luc was captain for the U15 side, which was a brilliant experience and a credit to him, a player that has been with us since the age of twelve. He's a good player and is starting to develop into a competent centre-half.

Logan Bowkett is a new arrival at the Academy and has impressed in his short time with the Academy so far, "Logan was here on a month trial and was a player that we had our eye on. He has really impressed us and he also played in both games for the Welsh U15 side, but perhaps didn't get as much game time as he would have liked, but he's been involved in the last few Welsh camps and it's a really good experience for him."

"Lewis has been at the Club since the age of seven and we have invested a lot of time into Lewis. He's a player that we hold in high regards. He has been offered a scholarship for next season and has also experienced being involved in U18 squads this campaign. To see him getting international recognition is a testament to Lewis and also the hard work going on behind the scenes."

Captaining the U15 side was a huge honour for youngster Luc Noble, who lead his national side against tough opposition, facing both Belguim and Switzerland.

"It was good playing against both Belguim and Switzerland and playing against players who play for the top teams in Europe and testing yourself against players that are bigger and stronger as well," said Luc.

"The games were much quicker overall and it was a good experience to play with players that I don't play regularly with."

"The physicality was much higher than we are used to and the way the opposition moved the ball was different than what we were used to seeing."

"It was a proud moment captaining the side in the two games. The results were disappointing, but it was still great to captain your country."

"There's a Welsh camp in August and I aim to do well in that to make sure that I'm in the squad for the Victory Shield over in Ireland."

Lewis Clutton, involved in the Welsh U16 side for three games out in Cyprus, managed to grab a goal during his time with the national squad.

"It was a good experience to play three games for my country and it was nice to get a goal as well," explained the youngster.

Lewis also went on to describe his goal against San Marino, 'The right-back crossed it in and the striker managed to get a shot away which I followed up and managed to score!"

In the four-team tournament, the Welsh squad finished 2nd, with Lewis outlining the toughest opposition he faced, "Albania were the toughest team we played against. They were a strong, physical outfit and they were quite technical as well."

"My next goal at the national level is to earn a place in the Wales squad for the U17 Euro squad."

The newest member of the Academy squad, Logan Bowkett, was involved alongside Luc Noble in the Welsh U15 side.

"It was a great experience. It was good to play against a good level of opposition, in tough games, but the experience will help me improve as a player," described Logan.

"Belgium was a slightly tougher fixture. We lost 5-1 and we had to work hard, with the game being much faster than we are used to at club level. You have to make decisions quicker, move quicker and obviously execute passes at a quicker pace."

Detailing what he took away from the games, Logan echoed the view of the other players in the contrast of the tempo of the game at international level, "You have to make decisions faster and the importance of making the right decisions, because if you don't, the errors can cost you goals."

"I have settled in well at Rovers and enjoy it here. The Victory Shield is coming up soon, so my focus is on getting into the Welsh squad for that tournament and hopefully getting some game time it that competition."