This past week Concord Rangers made a huge statement with regards to the development and progression of the youth sides by signing 6 players from the Under 18s to the First Team squad.
Goalkeeper George Marsh is a former Dagenham & Redbridge youth who joined the Beachboys under 18s this season. George has already shown great potential having impressed in pre-season when training with the first team, and was included in the squad for the recent FA Cup game.
Charlie Seaden is a second year U18 who has trained with the first team on a number of occasions already, and was included in the 2016/17 pre-season squad. Charlie is a versatile, tenacious right sided player who can play in defence and midfield.
Jed Smith has been a Concord youth for some time now, and was an integral part of the U15s & U16s County Cup winning side. The defender has attracted interest from pro clubs already and is in his first year as a Concord U18.
One of the youngest players to ever sign forms with Concord Rangers is Henry Sims, at 16 years and 4 days. Another member of that U15s & U16s County Cup winning side, Henry is a robust centre-midfielder who lists Dagenham & Redbridge as a former club.
Midfielders Sam Carter and Finley Dopson are both 2nd year U18s and were included in the squad for the recent FA Cup game against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Sam is the captain of the U18s side, and is a combative, physical central midfield player, whilst Finley is a lightning quick winger always looking to make something happen.
This is great encouragement for the U18s management team of Paul Higgins, Mark Collins, Dave Carter and John Seaden who have seen their side beat Great Wakering Rovers 4-0 at home, beat Hullbridge Sports 4-1 away from home, and beat Barkingside 4-3 AET in the FA Youth Cup already this season. This side is filled with the brightest crop of youngsters that Concord have seen for some time, and with the players recently signed, along with the progression of Adam Topley to first team regular, the future is bright for Concord Rangers.