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Under 18 Player Profiles

Jordan Wright

A shotstopper who has progressed through all of the age groups within the Nottingham Forest academy, Wright will be looking to challenge Joe Boyd for the number one spot in the Under 18 side.

Along with his ability to make himself an imposing figure when up against opposition strikers, he also possesses a good, hardworking attitude in both training and matches.

Jordan Gabriel

The youngster was signed from League Two side Southend United towards the end of last season after impressing the academy staff at Forest with his performances for the Roots Hall club.

An athletic right-sided player whose talent and willingness to break forward has caught the eye in his time so far at the club, Gabriel featured for the Under 21s during the pre-season tour of Portugal.

Charlie Jemson

After joining the club as a schoolboy player at Under 11 level, Jemson has made progression through the academy ranks and in the process has made the centre half position his own within the Under 18 side.

A tall, strong and dominant player both on the ground and in the air, the defender put in a number of impressive displays last season and will be hoping to carry that into the new campaign.

Frederik Nielsen

Signed from Danish club Viborg FF last season, his physical stature made him an exciting watch as he got into his stride last season.

He forged a colossal central defensive partnership with Alex Iacovitti and they complemented each other brilliantly to bring attackers to a halt. Nielsen's gradual game progression was evident and his aerial prowess is one of many attributes.

With Iacovitti and Nielsen both qualifying for Under 18 football this season attackers could once again be in for a difficult time with both possibly linking up in the Under 21s if they continue to improve.

Joe Re

A signing from Ipswich Town towards the end of the 2014-15 season, the defender possesses an excellent attitude and work ethic with his all-round ability as his main strength.

Predominantly a central midfielder, Re is an extremely versatile player who is adept in a variety of positions, a point showcased by his performances at left back during the pre-season tour of Portugal.

Adam Crookes

The hearty, tough-tackling midfielder earned deserved praise last season with his disciplined displays driving the team forward and organising well.

The second-year scholar captained the Under 18s and Under 21s sides frequently and rewarded the trust of the staff with mature performances.

He provides a calming presence on the ball, allowing the more attacking midfielders to race forward and get into dangerous positions whilst he also possesses a powerful long range shot.

Toby Edser

A diminutive midfielder who is creative when is possession with an ability to find the back of the net, Edser signed his scholarship forms with the club during the summer months.

The youngster arrived at the club with good pedigree having enjoyed spells with Fulham and Charlton Athletic and his displays on the pre-season tour of Portugal showed he has great intelligence on the field and can dictate the play.

Kyle McClean

McClean is a technically-gifted footballer who is good in possession and he has shown continual improvements in his ability to play as a midfielder in either central or wide areas.

A former Belfast High School pupil who has represented Northern Ireland at schoolboy levels, McClean will face stiff competition to get into the Under 18 side but his talent and eye for goal will give him every chance.

Elvis Otim

Following a successful 2014-15 campaign in which he appeared 23 times and scored four, Otim is vastly experienced in the youth ranks thanks to his tireless efforts.

The second-year scholar will be hoping he can force his way into FA Youth Cup contention this time around to show he can replicate his league form in front of a bigger crowd.

Jake Taylor

Since signing from Manchester United last season, Taylor has continued to make Nottingham his home and is steadily finding his feet at Forest alongside new teammates.

A very good technical player who is most comfortable in central midfield, the youngster has an excellent ability to spit an early pass and surely has a bright future at the club.

Ryan Yates

The feisty midfielder featured more times than any other player for the Under 18s last season with 29 appearances to his name.

Yates can play at right back or central midfield and is hugely competitive in the tackle, while also having the knack of bursting forward and producing in the attacking areas.

Nicknamed 'Giggsy'. the dynamic stalwart will want to impress enough to break into Jamie Fullarton's Under 21s where he sporadically appeared last season.

Ben Brereton

Following his summer move from Stoke City, Brereton has made an outstanding start to his Forest career by scoring 18 goals in his first 16 matches.

After finding the back of the net on his debut against Brentford in August, the no-nonsense striker followed that up with braces against Huddersfield, Watford, Birmingham, Barnsley and Bolton.

Brereton has the ability to link up the play well while his technique on the ball and his movement off it are his main strengths and he is a huge asset to Jack Lester's side.

Virgil Gomis

A youngster who grew up in the suburbs of Paris, Gomis signed from his hometown club and has the potential to be an influential player for the Under 18s during the 2015-16 season.

A robust, right-footed striker with a good turn of pace and the ability to turn a defender, the Frenchman has a knack of scoring important goals at the right time.

Kieran Hayes

The 16-year-old South Notts player burst onto the scene last season with a string of exciting performances in the red shirt alongside Gerry McDonagh and Kasheme Walton.

An incredible fearless individual effort against Leeds United towards the end of the campaign sent sparks flying as he introduced himself to Under 18 football.

The first-year scholar is quick on his feet and plays well off the shoulder feeding off another forward, and Hayes can revert to the wing if needed.

Plenty of goals will be the target and Jack Lester's guidance will be ideal for his development as he seeks to punish more defences.

Gerry McDonagh

The Irishman has proven to be a nuisance for many back lines with his clever movement playing with his back to goal and bringing others into the game.

Second-year scholar McDonagh struck up a telling partnership with Tyler Walker and Kasheme Walton last season and his physicality in the individual battles made him the key to most fixtures.

Following successful run-outs for the Under 21s towards the end of last season, it will be integral for the striker to stamp his authority in matches again to ensure he progresses.

Anthony Wright

An American-born wide player who impresses with his athleticism and ability to beat players on either side, Wright netted two goals for Forest during the 8-2 win over Liverpool FC Warriors America on the pre-season tour of Portugal.

Wright is a graduate of the Nike Academy, now based at St George's Park, and it is hoped that his attacking abilities will help to fire the Under 18s to glory this season.