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14 May 2021

An introduction to the new Under-17 scholars at Huddersfield Town

- Huddersfield Town introduces further seven new Academy scholars
- All players will begin the new season with the Under-17 group
- Get to know a little more about the players

Huddersfield Town is delighted to welcome seven more new scholars to the Club’s Academy for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

The new players will join the Club’s Under-17 group, training under George Danaher and Oran Thompson.

Their minutes on the pitch will come through a combination of the U18 EFL Youth Alliance, where they will face a real challenge against more physically developed, older opponents and bespoke fixtures arranged by the Academy team.

Six of the players visited Town’s Canalside training complex this week. They’re pictured below, along with some introductory information!

Sam Taylor

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Born 5 November 2004 
Previous Club: Middlesbrough

Joseph Johnson

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Born 9 June 2005 
Previous Club: West Ham United

Michael Ailemen

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Born 23 October 2004
Previous Club: Barnsley
He was also previously with Town until Under-12 level!

Tom Iorpenda
Central midfielder

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Born 6 April 2005 in London
Previous Club: Brighton & Hove Albion

Archie Sheppard
Centre back

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Born 15 February 2005
Previous Club: AFC Bournemouth

Ajay Weston
Left back

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Born 20 June 2005
Previous Club: Cheltenham Town

Hakeem Sandah has also joined, but was unable to attend the induction. You can find further details about him below.

Hakeem Sandah
Winger / Attacking Midfielder
Born 15 March 2005
Previous Club: Tottenham Hotspur

The seven new scholars will link up with fellow teammates Dylan Helliwell and Cian Philpott, who both joined Town from Manchester City, and Michael Parker and Fopefoluwa Deru.

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