On Thursday evening, five current U18 squad players took part in a game against Colney Heath of the Spartan South Midlands Premier League.
Jake Aspis, Eytan Millan, Grant Birke, Asher Martin and Jo Beare all played a substantial part in their first ever introduction to senior men’s football.
Beare and Aspis particularly impressed and first team manager Andy Landesberg watching proceedings closely, invited both players to join his first team squad for their visit to Hillingdon Borough.
Unfortunately, Beare was unavailable due to a prior commitment, but Aspis enjoyed a 20-minute run out in what was an impressive 1-0 for the Lions.
‘With young players being introduced more readily to men’s football these days, our mind-set is positive, if you are good enough age shouldn’t be a barrier’. Fulham recently exposed 15-year-old Harvey Elliott to his first full team professional debut and many others are being given the exposure’.
‘With the demands and pressures of life, football commitment from young lads today is not viewed as important as it once was’. At Lions it is important for the future of the club, to expose our U18’s more frequently to the environment of men’s football. It challenges them physically, but also, expedites their development and learning’.
‘Those that buy into it and show that desire to want to be the best they can, have a great opportunity to push on’. Jake having his first taste of senior football is hopefully the start of great things to come.
Over the course of the season under Tony Gold, Steve Grenfell, Darren Yarlett and Fabio Mazzone, players will be selected to represent the club in games that are geared to building collaboration between the first team and U18’s.
Next game is scheduled for the 18th October.