Blues trio offered professional contracts

Josh Martin and Ronan Hale, who are also in the second year Academy scholars’ age group, have already penned their first professional contracts.

But Blues have informed Max Beardmore, Nosa Iyamu, Cameron Ebbutt and Louis Yuill that they will not be kept on.

“Obviously it’s disappointing for the four, but we have disseminated this information as early as possible with the intention of helping them gain more options,” commented Academy Manager Kristjaan Speakman.

“And it provides the players who have got a contract with a real focus on what we want them to achieve going forward.”

“All of them have been with us since the Foundation Phase age groups,” Speakman continued, in regard Mulders, Timms and Lakin. “It’s nice to see that sort of progression through the programme all the way to professional status.

“We don’t operate within quotas, or anything like that. But to get five of the nine second years on professional contracts maintains an excellent ratio and shows we continue to provide opportunity in the age groups below the First Team.”

Here, Speakman gives his assessment of the soon-to-be pros.

Olly Mulders

“Traditionally a central midfield player, most notably a holding type of midfielder.

“He provides excellent distribution with the ball.

“He has also played at centre-back, which gives him some real flexibility and (Senior Professional Development Coach) Richard Beale some real flexibility in regard where he can play players in games.”

Matthew Timms

“A left-back, he has shown a real high level of consistency within the Under-18s games.

“He is a tenacious one-v-one defender who can also handle the ball very well.

“He plays with a lot of variation and individually is good a joining in with forward play.”

Charlie Lakin

“A left-sided midfielder, he has played in a more central position for the Under-18s over the course of this season.

“He has real box-to-box energy.

“He can be creative with the ball but also really robust defensively.”