Time to say goodbye as eight Terriers join big clubs

Treeton Terriers Under-8s

Treeton Terriers Under-8s

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A football manager is rebuilding his team after losing eight of his 13 players to academies at the end of a successful season.

Treeton Terriers Under-8s, which won every league and cup game this season and last, has four players due to sign for Rotherham United this summer, three for Sheffield United and one for Sheffield Wednesday.

There are also another five from the team currently training with Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield and Derby County.

Manager Mark Hawley said the players deserve the interest from academies.

He said to see the boys signing for professional clubs will top off a season which saw the team fighting off competition from around the country to win the final of a national tournament at Wembley.

Two of the players have been with his team since they were four years old.

In addition to league games, cup games, friendlies and tournaments the team has travelled to play at all South Yorkshire academies, Chesterfield, Manchester City, Everton, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

“It is a time of mixed emotions for everyone concerned with our team - we are very proud of each and every one of our players and wish them well but we will miss them all as we are more of an extended family,” he said.

“The journey we have been on has been great for everyone concerned - the boys have had fun, they have played academy teams locally and further afield and we have taken the Terriers on tour to Blackpool, the North East, Leeds and London. They have certainly experienced a lot in a short space of time.

“The boys have certainly put in all the hard work and deserve all they have achieved - the commitment, effort, dedication and desire they show on and off the pitch at such a young age is unbelievable.

“They are not only team mates but friends and that is at the heart of our team, so even though some will be going down different paths next season I am sure they will remain Treeton Terriers at heart.”

He said he is looking forward to rebuilding his team for next season and will spend the summer taking players to tournaments.

“We will still have some familiar faces plus we have another team which played in the U-8 single team league last season and we have a development squad made up of children who just train with us at the moment,” he said.

“Treeton has a team at every age group from our nursery up to u16s and the nursery section is getting bigger each year. Some of the boys on their way to academies this summer joined our nursery when they were four years old. To have been there to see the way they have developed over the years has been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing even more children enjoying their football with our club.

“I wish all the boys leaving us this summer good luck, I know they will get some first class training and will develop even more as young footballers. I just hope they remember their grassroots club when they are in the Premier League!”

n The team: Bradley Bellamy, Jacob Yearsley, William Durrans, Reuben Tennant, Kieran Hawley, Isaac Gordon, Billy Guess, Malachi Balogun, Harris Lih, Harley Battison, Soren Milner, Robbie Jones, Elliott Wilkes.