Ash­ford duo earn academy places

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Two Ash­ford young­sters are among nine new Gilling­ham schol­ars of­fered academy places. Leroy Hlabi and Ryan Huckle both play for Gills’ un­der-16 side. Youth de­vel­op­ment man­ager Bryan Bull said: “Six-foot Leroy has been with us for a cou­ple of years and is a pow­er­ful ‘old fash­ioned’ cen­tre-for­ward. He has shown sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment dur­ing his time with us and has been in­volved in the youth team on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.” “Ryan has been with us since the end of his un­der-14 year, af­ter orig­i­nally join­ing as a cen­tral mid­field player. “At six feet three, he is a phys­i­cally im­pos­ing pres­ence who has re­cently moved to cen­tre-back where he is flour­ish­ing.”

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