Three Academy players were told to report to the Lamb and when they arrived they had the surprise of their lives when they were told they were signing for the first team! Alex Smith, Tom Parker and Ryan Tait are just the latest batch of players to show the talent being produced by the Tamworth FC Academy.
First up to sign was ALEX SMITH who is from Sutton Coldfield. He is currently halfway through his A level studies at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Alex, a centre half, has been with the club just over a year and has already featured for the first team in a couple of games last season.
Mike Fowler - “He is an old school centre half and he has shown some real maturity against very good strikers at a higher standard. He is learning all the time and what sets him apart is his mentality which is fantastic. He is strong-minded and will be able to cope with the mental and physical aspects of first-team football. He is very fit and also quick for a centre half.”
RYAN TAIT is a 16 years old midfielder who has caught the eye of the first team management. He is just moving into the 6th form at The Pingle Academy in Swadlincote to study Sciences and Maths. Ryan has completed one season with the Lambs representing the 16s, 18s and 21s.
Mike Fowler - “He has been on our radar for the past season.” A real talent has a great engine and is playing at a level beyond his years. Last season he played for the youth team against our U21s and he completely ran the game. He has done very well, and I am delighted with his progress.
The final signing is TOM PARKER who is also a local lad having just completed his GCSEs at Rawlett. Tom was first spotted by West Bromwich Albion who signed him as 12 years old.
Mike Fowler - “He has unbelievable pace and tenacity for such a small lad. I have not seen a player as quick as him! He has shown that he can deal with the physical side of the game. Tom is a great addition to Tamworth Football Club and as a16 years old he has a great future in the game.