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Anyone know Cox, Veale and Pond’s positions. I thought Cox and Veale were more AMs, but not too sure.
others will know more than me, but I thought Cox was a striker and Veale a midfielder.

(which is what the blogs on the club website say. Mind you, that also says that both were born in 1901!)
 
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Anyone know Cox, Veale and Pond’s positions. I thought Cox and Veale were more AMs, but not too sure.
I'm under the impression that Alfie Pond is a defender although whether a full back or centre back I'm not sure. As Andrew says above for Veale and Cox. Nice to see it says Iseguen has signed a pro contract on his bio.
 

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Whilst semi exciting to hear about these young prospects one's fervour is dampened somewhat after the recent premiersh1te poachings and the prospect of not seeing them sign and evolve with us. The monies are always welcomed but as we have seen with Ollie it is great to see a true "one of our own" evolve into a premiership player whilst starting the trip professionally with us. That said we can never compete with the wages that the big clubs wave in front of these "babes" and casualties will arise but seeing Josh Key and Joel Randall this season does restore one's faith in human nature, and I am more excited by the youth that do sign for us once they leave school than the school boys.

However another problem with running a successful academy has been alluded to by Matty T is that not only do we attract a better scholar (hopefully) but also the attention of the bigger clubs and their scouts/agents which can mean we have little impact on whether they sign for us or not. It would be great if Lee Cox Pond and Veale sign for us but I don't hold out much hope that they all will as with football generally it's all about the money, money

But there is no doubting the success of the academy as frustrating as it can be and has proved a valuable income source for the club.
 

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Pond and Veale are already scholars with us. Veale is in his second year so a decision to award a professional contract will be taken soon if it hasn't already.

Losing academy players before they reach scholarship is always a occupational hazard for all clubs, those bigger than us as well. As long as we keep on producing the Collin's, Randall's and Key's though, it is something we have to put up with.
 
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