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SIX ACADEMY PLAYERS SIGN PROFESSIONAL TERMS

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14:37 29th April 2014

by Sam Roberts

Six under-18s to join up with Development squad for 2014-15 season

Cardiff City Football Club are delighted to announce that six players from the Academy have been offered professional contracts.

Tyler Roche, Macauley Southam, David Tutonda, Ben Watkins, Curtis Watkins and Bradley Wickham have all been offered new deals that will see them join up with Kevin Cooper’s Under-21 squad ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Tyler Roche

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Bridgend-born Tyler is an exciting wide midfielder who can beat any defender on his day with quick feet and explosive pace. A very modest, unassuming individual, he has been involved with both City’s Under-18 and Under-21 squads this season.

Macauley Southam

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Macca is a Cardiff lad who can play in a number of positions in midfield, with the ability to find good areas on the pitch to make himself available. As an experienced Apprentice this season, Macauley was chosen as captain of the U18 squad for the 2013/14 campaign and led by example when called upon.

David Tutonda

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Congo-born Tutonda only joined Cardiff City’s Academy back in October 2012, but has made significant progression in his short time with the club. The left-back showed the attacking side of his game on a number of occasions during the 2013/14 season, including an incredible individual sixth goal as our U18 side defeated Swansea City 6-1.

Ben Watkins

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Ben is a whole-hearted midfielder who shows commitment in everything he does, both on and off the pitch. He became a prominent part of Kevin Nicholson’s U18 setup this season. A tenacious and determined ball-winner who adds genuine strength to our midfield. He has also been a part of Kevin Cooper’s U21 squad on a number of occasions this term.

Curtis Watkins

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Curtis is a highly-rated central defender who has represented Wales in the Victory Shield and at U17, U18, and U19 levels. He shows athleticism and composure and has continually proven himself able to cope with the best strikers between U9-U18 levels and will relish the opportunity of tackling the physical element of Under-21 football next term.

Bradley Wickham

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A modest and humble character who shows a quiet confidence whenever he plays. Brad is a very solid, consistent and dependable full back or central defender who has excelled on and off-field as part of the Academy set-up. Aberdare-born Brad has also represented Wales up to the Under-19 age group.

Both Yora Enzam and Nathan Okoye will now leave the Club at the end of their apprenticeship contracts and we wish them the very best for their future careers

We would like to thank all the second year scholars for their hard work and effort throughout their time at Cardiff City Football Club.


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