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Young Hopefuls

12 Young Lions have been rewarded for a successful Academy/Reserve season with contracts. It looks like the next crop are well on their way.

Academy stars include U18 skipper Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan and the Aussie pair Chris Herd and Shane Lowry.

Jordon Collins did enough to impress and deserve longer, despite spending last season on the treatment table.

Jordan Collins - monthly rolling
Chris Herd - 2 yrs
Jonathan Hogg - 2 yrs
Shane Lowry - 2 yrs
Tobias Mikaelsson - 1 yr
Same Williams - 1 yr
Marc Albrighton - 2 yrs
Barry Bannan - 2 yrs
Ciaran Clark - 2 yrs
Elliot Parish - 1 yr
Matthew Roome - 1 yr
Sam Simmonds - 1 yr

Most fans will find Barry Bannan the most notable name in that list, after a season full of rave reviews and eye catching displays.

The Scot won Player of the Tournament by a lcear margin at both the Hong Kong Sevens and during the club's summer tour of Germany.

In other Academy news, the following friendlies have been announced and the Young Lions kick off the 2008-09 season with a home friendly against Doncaster Rovers on August 2nd.

Both the U18 and U16 face Rovers and kick off is at 12pm. (noon, afternoon, midday, my breakfast - whichever makes more sense).

The U18's also play Plymouth Argyle at Bodymoor Heath on Aug 9th (kick off is 1pm), while the U16's face Newport County (kick off 11am).

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 1 2008

Time: 3:54PM

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You've been reading the Official site again? Why repeat old news? Does anyone on here have something to tell we don't know?
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01/07/2008 16:54:00

Official site, Copy, Paste...easy.
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01/07/2008 16:59:00

Alright jinksy go and have yourself a big slice of relax cake dude.
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01/07/2008 17:57:00

Barry (Bannan) For England!!
Adam Deuce
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01/07/2008 18:47:00

I'm sorry Jinxy, not working on the official site and having a life of my own I don't always manage to beat them to the news or manage to post it at exactly the same time they do. My teachers always said I should work harder - but I did have a low tolerance for idiots. PS - I don't copy and paste, that would be plagurism.
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01/07/2008 19:32:00

OK YOU TYPE IT WORD FOR WORD THEN. It's much quicker copying & pasting. Then you can get back to that life of yours & have more time reading the official site & news now. COPY & PASTE IT'S the future. Here is my example it's easy. ght winger Bentley, formerly of Arsenal, has grown unsettled at Ewood Park after the Lancashire club failed to secure European football for next season. And the creative player has recently revealed that he is looking for a new challenge, despite the recent appointment of Paul Ince at the club. According to reports in the British media, Tottenham and Villa now lead the chase despite their being a large number of interested parties. Spurs’ Spanish manager Juande Ramos recently failed in his bid to secure Diego Capel from his former club Sevilla as he looks to re-build his squad ahead of the new season. As a result, he has now turned his attentions on to the England international. Ramos could hold they key to any potential deal due to having a ready-made replacement in his armoury who he is prepared to offer to Rovers. Talented winger Aaron Lennon, who has good experience despite being aged just 23, has reportedly been told that he may be leaving White Hart Lane this summer as part of an exchange deal if Ramos is able to replace him. Meanwhile, Villa boss Martin O'Neill is highly likely to lose captain Gareth Barry to Liverpool this summer and is ready to spend the funds he is set to receive on Bentley as he prepares an all-England wing line-up with Ashley Young starring from the left. New Rovers boss Ince stated just moments after beginning his new job that his main intentions were to keep hold of Bentley and striker Roque Santa Cruz this summer before looking to make any additions to his squad.
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01/07/2008 21:37:00

Jinks - PM me on the board considering you have a problem - no reason for you to bore everyone else. However if you think you can do better, feel free to email a story or two of your own oh wonderous one :-)
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01/07/2008 22:28:00

woooooow, what have i wondered into. handbags at dawn.
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01/07/2008 23:33:00

Nah madness at midnight mate lol
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02/07/2008 00:36:00

Fair comment though Mike I think - I completely agree with you that not all of us have time to read all the sites, so thanks for summarising this one - i'm always interested in hearing about 'the next generation' of young villains, as i'm overseas and can't watch any of the reserve games.
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02/07/2008 06:40:00

incase you havent noticed Jinksy not everone wants to just read about the news we want to comment on it and have FRIENDLY banter with fellow supporters aswel as supporters from other clubs some thing that this site makes really easy as apposed to the offical avfc site, Mike_Field should be praised for being part of this not slated
Astonian Villan
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02/07/2008 08:47:00

too right astonian, i'd heard that bannan had got a contract in the mail yesterday but they didnt list the others, so thatnks mike! it would have been nice to see harry forresters name in there though. jinksy, keep your toys in your pram!
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02/07/2008 08:57:00

Being fair, which my original answer doesn't imply - it would be grating for fans who read the official site, this site, and live on newsnow etc - same stories under different headlines. But plenty don't live on newsnow or the OS, so would miss news if it wasn't replicated on fan sites. On a simple story like the above though there are only so many ways to write a list of players. You can't copy and paste (would make life easier if you could lol) so you do other things to pad it and make it more different - ie at the bottom is a second piece from the OS about friendlies. You read it here you get both stories - you read it on the OS you have to click on two different stories. But only so much you can do when it is a list of players who have been given contracts. Next time I'll add some dancing girls lol
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02/07/2008 15:07:00

no need to justify yourself to that nerd mike_field, us villa faithfull certainly appreciate what Vital Villa do
Astonian Villan
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02/07/2008 16:30:00

Humbled Astonian, thank you! Oh and ps Jinx, considering you can't be bothered to contact me on the forum (says a lot), may I remind you I can delete your pointless spam quicker than you can copy and paste it. :-)
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02/07/2008 16:33:00

'Barry (Bannan) For England!!' says Adam Deuce. Isn't this Barry, the real deal Barry, Scottish?
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02/07/2008 19:24:00

A good sign indeed when twelve youngsters are rewarded with such deals. Clearly somebody is doing something right, initially in spotting these youngsters, and then further down the road, of bringing them through.
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02/07/2008 19:26:00


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