Ipswich announce new academy scholars... including a new Tommy Smith and highly-rated Ben Knight

The new intake of academy scholars have been welcomed to Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC

The new intake of academy scholars have been welcomed to Ipswich Town. Picture: ITFC - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town have announced their new intake of academy scholars.

The youngsters, who will be at the club for two years between the ages of 16 and 18, were welcomed by current caretaker manager Bryan Klug and academy manager Lee O’Neill.

Captain Luke Chambers was also present to welcome the young players to the club.

The players will begin their two-year scholarship in July, with academy coach Adem Atay introding them on the club website.

Jake Alley

Goalkeeper from Hertfordshire. He has excellent distribution skills using a various range of passing and is a good shot stopper.

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A versatile full-back/winger who has raw speed and power. Progressed through our development centre over in Lowestoft and then into our elite programme. With commitment to the programmes and above standard performances he was then given the opportunity to join the Academy at the age of 13.

Alex Henderson

From Boxford just outside Sudbury. Joined the Club as an U11 and instantly showed excellent leadership skills. Unofficially known as the captain of the team because he is always setting a good example. A throwback centre-half with no nonsense attitude.

Louie Fehrenbach

The only London based player in the team. Like many others has shown excellent commitment with the endless journeys up and down the A12 and was rewarded for his performances at Christmas with a scholarship offer. A centre-half who enjoys the challenge of defending and only joined the Club at U15 level.

Tommy Smith

Tommy joined the programme from our Walsham le Willows development centre at the age of nine. Had one training session there and was instantly asked to the Academy with his first game against Norwich. Has made the left-back position his own and challenging to play in the older age group.

Teddy Baker

Has been with us since the start of U8 season coming from Bawdsey. A central midfielder that likes to get on the ball and make things happen. Has shown grit and resilience to keep improving and hit top performances in his U16 season.

Matt Healy

Midfielder who likes to attack and defend. Impressed with a short spell at the start of the season also scoring during his time with us. Will be moving over from Ireland.

Connor O’Reilly

The second Irish addition to our team. He impressed during his time with us during the U14 and 15 season. A very vocal player who leads by example with good communication skills. Drives standards and has upbeat and winning personality on the pitch.

Lewis Reed

A classic number nine who has an eye for goal. Is one of our cross border players from Wales. His grandfather, William ‘Billy’ Reed was a Wales international and the first player to be capped while playing for Town.

Allan Viral

A very versatile player who can attack and defend in various roles on the pitch. Has followed in the footsteps of two other older team-mates and made the move over from France.

Ben Knight

From Cambridge and started in our development centre there. Has been with us since the age of eight. Progressed through the age groups having recently made appearances for England U15s and U16s, scoring against Spain and Brazil. A creative attacking player who can play anywhere in advanced positions.

Zak Brown

The fast-paced and powerful striker of the group who can also play wide right. Has been causing chaos amongst defences ever since joining the Academy at U13. Felixstowe born with appearances for England at U15 level.

Tyreece Simpson

A powerful and physically dominant presence on the pitch. The latest addition to our programme having only joined a few months ago. Had been on trial at other clubs, most notably Manchester City. A very good rugby player as well but has clear goals to become a footballer.