Jewell keeping close eye on Town youth

RUSSELL Osman has praised the “great interest” shown by Paul Jewell in the youngsters coming through the Ipswich academy.

Some of the current youth crop featured for the reserves in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham with youngsters Ronan Murray, Jide Maduako and Jack Marriott getting on the scoresheet.

Under-18s boss Osman said he was delighted with how the academy boys were progressing and believe Jewell is playing a crucial role in their development.

Osman said: “We’ve got a good crop of players of both first and second year scholars, who are all progressing nicely at the moment.

“The manager has been keeping an eye on them this season and has shown a great interest into how the boys are doing, which is great for them.

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“We keep stressing that the results aren’t the important aspects of Academy football, it’s more about the development of the players and preparing them for the next level of football.

“A few of them have had a taste of that playing for the reserves recently, against some top opposition, which will only benefit their development.”

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