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LOAN WATCH: 14 PLAYERS GAINING FIRST TEAM FOOTBALL

7 January 2019

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Lewis O’Brien scored his first goal in the English Football League

- Seven Huddersfield Town First Team players out on loan
- Young Terriers gaining valuable minutes on work experience spells
- Lewis O’Brien and Jack Payne impressing at Bradford City

During the 2018/19 campaign, Huddersfield Town has seven players out on loan and seven Young Terriers on work experience, all out gaining valuable First Team football.

Htafc.com takes a look at how all of Town’s players have been getting on at their respective clubs.

Lewis O’Brien at Bradford City

The 20-year-old midfielder has flourished on his loan spell with Sky Bet League 1 side Bradford City.

The youngster, who was named as Town’s Academy Player of the Year twice in the last three seasons, has been dubbed as one of the Club’s players of the season by both supporters and local press.

Lewis (above) has made 26 appearances for the Bantams and scored his first professional goal in the Club’s first one of 2019. He curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area against Accrington Stanley. He also has three assists to his name.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, teammate Hope Akpan commented on Lewis: “He has been the one who has been there all season. Probably our best player. Every game, he gives 100 per cent and the quality on the ball for a young lad is exceptional.”

Jack Payne at Bradford City

Another of Bradford City’s key performers is attacking midfielder Jack Payne.

Like Lewis, Jack has been on loan with the Bantams since the start of the season and has become one of the Club’s main outlets for goals.

So far this season, Jack has scored eight times – four in his last nine appearances. Not only this, he has also set-up four goals for his teammates.

Managed by David Hopkins, Bradford City currently sits 21st in the Sky Bet League 1 table, inside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Joel Coleman at Shrewsbury Town

During the 2018/19 Sky Bet League 1 season, Joel Coleman has featured 19 times in all competitions for Shrewsbury Town.

His last appearance came in the Checkatrade Trophy as Shrewsbury beat Walsall 2-1 in December. Joel is currently competing for a starting spot with Steve Arnold.

The 22-year-old ‘keeper saved a penalty against Luton Town in a 3-2 defeat on 25 August 2018.

Shrewsbury Town currently sit 16th in the table with 30 points from 26 games.

Rajiv van La Parra at Middlesbrough

After joining Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season on New Year’s Eve, Rajiv was brought straight into the starting line-up for the Club’s Emirates FA Cup game against Peterborough United.

Boro won the game 5-0 with all goals coming in the second half. Rajiv featured for 45 minutes in the game.

Middlesbrough currently sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table with 43 points from 26 games, six points off the automatic spots.

Ramadan Sobhi at Al Ahly

Ramadan went back to his home nation in late December and re-joined the Egyptian Champions Al Ahly on loan.

He made his first start for the Egyptian side on Friday 4 January 2019 as the Club lost 2-1 to Pyramids FC.

Al Ahly currently sit sixth in the Egyptian Premier League with 24 points from 13 games – 17 points behind leaders Zamalek, although they do have three games in hand.

Regan Booty at Aldershot Town

The 20-year-old midfielder has made 24 appearances for the Vanarama National League club.

Regan was given the man of the match award in Aldershot’s 2-1 win over Sutton United on 27 August 2018.

Aldershot currently sit 21st in the Vanarama National League with 27 points from 28 games.

Rekeil Pyke at AFC Wrexham

AFC Wrexham currently sit third in the Vanarama National League, and Manager Sam Ricketts has praised Rekeil Pyke’s work and his importance to the team in a number of interviews over the course of the season.

Rekeil has made 21 appearances so far and has scored five goals, often playing from a wide attacking area.

Unfortunately he's been back at Town recovering from an injury ever since, but is thankfully returning to training shortly!

Players on Work Experience

Olly Dyson at Barrow

After impressing on previous loan spells, Olly Dyson joined National League side Barrow on work experience.

The young striker has made three appearances for the Club, one of which was a 3-2 win over Salford City live on TV.

Barrow currently sit 11th in the Vanarama National League table with 39 points from 29 games.

Sam Gibson at Liversedge FC

Young full-back Sam Gibson has made 12 appearances for Liversedge since starting his work experience spell.

The Club currently sits 16th in the Northern Countries East Football League Premier Division.

George Danaher at Abbey Hey

Young striker George Danager joined Abbey Hey after a short work experience spell at Liversedge where he made one appearance.

Since joining the North West Counties League Premier Division side, George has made 15 appearances and scored two goals. The Club currently sits bottom of the table.

Ben Mills at AFC Emley

Similarly to George, Ben Mills has gained some experience of First Team football on work experience with AFC Emley.

The young attacker has made 14 appearances for the Club, scoring one goal. AFC Emley currently sits 15th in the Northern Counties East Football League Division One.

Dahomey Raymond at Shelley FC

After not featuring for Liversedge FC, Dahomey Raymond joined Shelley FC in search of First Team experience.

The midfielder has since made 14 appearances for the Club. Shelley FC sits ninth in the North West Counties Football League First Division North.

Jordan Eli at Brighouse Town

Jordan Eli has made five appearances for Brighouse Town after joining the Club on work experience.

The Club competes in the Northern Premier League Division One East league and currently sits in second place.

Harrison Davison-Hale at Ossett United

Young goalkeeper Harrison Davison-Hale made 12 appearances on work experience at Liversedge FC before moving to Ossett United.

The 18-year-old is yet to feature for Ossett, who sit eighth in the Northern Premier League Division One East.

To get regular updates on the Young Terriers’ loan spells follow @htafcAcademy on Twitter.


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