Development Squad 2014/15
Now it its third season under the templates set out by the EPPP (Elite Performance Player Plan), Cardiff City Football Club has a Development Squad, consisting primarily of players under the age of 21.
It's aim is to help bridge the gap for young players between the Academy and First-team setups, with the examples of Declan John and Ben Nugent highlighting its recent success.
The Development squad also serves as an excellent platform for players on the fringe of the first-team or those returning from injury to gain invaluable competitive game time.
Cardiff City DVP competes in the Professional Development League 2. The squad finished as divisional Champions at the end of the 2013/14 competition.
Brief profiles on those forming the core of our Development Squad this season are below:
An energetic left-sided midfielder, Anthony made an immediate impact at u18 level having joined the Club in September 2013. He completed the first year of his Apprenticeship with Darlington FC, his second with the Bluebirds, and now is a regular in the DVP setup as a junior professional.
A clever, quick-thinking midfielder who overcame injuries as a youngster to excel. An established fixture of last year's U18 side, Jaye will look to kick on as a junior professional as part of the DVP squad for 2013/14.
A strong and pacey centre-forward, Dane was plagued by injuries in earlier years of his development. However, he has proven that he has the ability to compete at under 18 level after having done so competently last season. He's now moved into the DVP setup as a junior professional.
Kadeem linked up with the Bluebirds from Wycombe Wanderers in January 2012, having been awarded the Football League's Apprentice of the Year award the previous March.
Injury curbed Kadeem's progress during 2012/13, though his pre-season goal-scoring form ahead of the 2013/14 season was scintilating. A young winger with immense potential to thrive at Cardiff City, Kadeem is currently on loan at League One Club Brentford with whom he will stay until January 2014.
Manchester born Rhys joined Cardiff City from Connah’s Quay in January 2013 after impressing club scouts with his Welsh Premier League displays. Considered a bright prospect for the future, the striker has already progressed from the U18 side into becoming a DVP main-stay.
Gethyn is a tall, pacey striker who has impressed at every age level since coming to the fore with the U16s.
An U18 pace-setter last season, Gethyn broke into the DVP setup only to suffer a knee ligament injury towards the turn of the year. Now fully recouperated and looking stronger for his rehabilitation, hopes are high for the Welshman's 2013/14 progression.
A regular in Dick Bate's 2012/13 squad, Kane broke into the DVP setup last season thanks to some impressive defensive displays.
A natural full-back, Kane is also adept at centre-half. Likely to play an important role during the '13/14 DVP season.
Deji joined the Club at 16 years of age having had no previous Academy experience. An athletic and technically gifted defender who can play centre-half or full-back, Deji featured in every DVP fixture last season en route to the national final. A confident and charismatic member of the squad, he has already featured for the senior side in League Cup and FA Cup competition. Currently on loan in League Two with Newport County.
Tommy is a current Wales U19 International, having enjoyed success in recent years in the relevant Welsh Squads. He is a clever, intricate central midfielder who is quick-thinking and possesses great decision-making qualities. As a quiet, unassuming character, he has a tendency to lead by example and is always looking to get on the ball and play. He has committed to a long-term contract at the Club.
A talented ball-playing central midfielder, Theo has committed to a a long-term development contract at Cardiff City. Made his first-team debut in the a 2012 F.A. Cup tie at West Bromwich Albion and continues to make a big impression as he progresses.
Hereford-born Brad is a solild and physical central midfielder who offers presence on and off the field.
A popular character, Brad will look to kick on at the higher level having been a consistent performer as part of th U18 setup.
Josh is a dominant centre-half who possesses leadership quality, bravery and good technical ability. An excellent Victory Shield tournament with Wales in 2012 proved that Josh has all the potential to become a top-class defender.