FOOTBALL: THE FUTURE of Solihull Moors and its academy looks bright after four youngsters signed for the first team this week.
Marshall Willock, Tyrese Shade, Reiss McNally and Josh Endall have all earned deals to make the next step up in their careers at Damson Way and they join Calum Doyle who signed for the club earlier this year.
“We have high hopes for the future,” said Moors boss Liam McDonald. “It just shows that with the right care and attention players mature at different stages and so long as someone believes in them, it is never too late.”
Birmingham-born centre-back Willock was previously on the books at Walsall as a schoolboy before moving to Moors at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
He has already been out on trial at Birmingham City and Scunthorpe, while Grimsby are also keen to take a look at the 16-year-old.
Shade, also 16, can play on either flank and came through the Birmingham City Academy before released when he was 15.
The skillful and highly athletic attacking midfielder has also attracted interest from Grimsby Town but sees his immediate future at Moors.
Defender McNally was also born in Birmingham and is currently the youngest player in the Moors Academy.
The 16-year-old, who doesn’t turn 17 until August, has attracted much interest from the Football League having previously spent time at Coventry City and Wolves as a schoolboy.
Endall impressed during a recent trial with Moors last month and caught the eye of manager McDonald. He was invited to train with the first team and has been tipped to have a bright future in the game at either left-back or centre-back.