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Under 18 Player Profiles

Joe Boyd
Goalkeeper

The former Carlton le Willows schoolboy had a flavour of Under 18 action last season but will be hoping he can fight off the competition and remain between the posts.


Boyd has shown he can react when called upon and when on the ball, he remains calm and plays out from the back which will be needed for the season ahead.

Jordan Wright
Goalkeeper

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.

Dylan Burns
Defender

Despite spending much of last season productively as a midfielder, the Kiwi has begun the 2015-16 campaign effectively as a defender.


New Zealand-born Burns has proved flexibly useful in previous months with his ability to play across the midfield but adding another string to his bow could be a masterstroke for Jamie Fullarton and his side.

The Reds snapped him up from the Nike Academy shortly after he arrived in the country and he will be aiming to join the short list of New Zealanders represented in senior European football in the coming years.

Ismael Diallo
Defender

The full back was born in the Ivory Coast and he is a Republic of Ireland youth international who signed for Forest from Corduff FC.


Jack Lester handed him seven starts for the Under 18s last season but that experience could prove crucial as he attempts to hold down a spot.

Diallo is relatively small in stature but uses his pace well and can get up and down the wings comfortably.

Jordan Gabriel
Defender

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
Defender

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
Defender

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
Defender

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.

Liam Adams
Midfielder

The sprightly, tireless winger had to wait patiently last season with seven starts and nine substitute appearances to his name and he will be ready to prove himself.


The lightly-footed wide man showed a willingness to run and create from both sides and will want to show consistency to Jack Lester so he can be an ever present.

Adam Crookes
Midfielder

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
Midfielder

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.

Thomas Gamblen
Midfielder

The energetic midfielder was a regular feature in the Under 18s last season and featured in all but one of the FA Youth Cup fixtures.


He made his debut for the Under 18s at the tender age of 14 it shows with his careful approach to possession and awareness on the ball.

Gamblen mainly plays in central midfield but is frequently used on the left due to the fact he fulfills his defensive responsibilities when playing with an overlapping full back.

Kyle McClean
Striker

McClean is a technically-gifted footballer who is good in possession and he has shown continual improvements in his ability to play as a striker 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
Midfielder

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
Midfielder

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
Midfielder

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
Striker

A strong, no-nonsense striker who signed from Stoke City this summer, Brereton's performances during the pre-season tour of Portugal showed that he can be a real asset to Jack Lester's side.

The forward has the ability to link up the play well while he can also chip in with his fair share of goals. His technique on the ball and his movement off it are his main strengths.

Virgil Gomis
Striker

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
Striker

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
Striker

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
Striker

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.