Released U16’s get Villa chance
Posted by nickogs20 on May 29, 2008
After the blow of not being offered scholarships at United earlier this year, Jason Lampkin and Tomos Roberts have landed on their feet somewhat by securing apprenticeships at another Premier League club, Aston Villa. England U16 midfielder Lampkin has spent the last couple of months on trial with a number of top-flight clubs following his surprising release by United, and despite strong (and widely publicised) interest from Blackburn Rovers, the lad from Hawarden opted to sign with Villa, a club with an excellent recent track record in bringing through youngsters to the first-team squad. Speaking to the Flintshire Chronicle, Lampkin’s father Mark said “There are plenty of players who have come from Villa’s academy and are now playing in the first team, and some of the younger players who have not quite made the breakthrough into the first team have been given squad numbers, which is encouraging”.
Lampkin will be joined at the Villa academy by former United U16 team-mate and friend Tomos Roberts. The Denbigh-born Welsh international left-back has had a similar last few months out on trial with various clubs and Villa again have got the nod. Both players will move into digs in Birmingham after finishing their GCSE’s this summer. Another former U16 player released earlier this year, keeper Niki-Lee Bulmer, has already secured a scholarship at Queens Park Rangers. All three players have plenty of potential, best of luck to them in the future.