Beale: Goalkeeping Department In Strong Position
Jon Beale is delighted with the strength and progress being made in the Under-18s and Under-23s' goalkeeping ranks.
Three of the Academy's quartet of young custodians - first-year professional Charlie Andrew and scholars Harrison Foulkes and David Robson - have all gained senior experience during loan and work experience spells this season, whilst first-year scholar Harvey Cartwright has been in fine form between the posts at both youth and development levels in 2018/19.
"I feel as though we're in a really good place with our young goalkeepers at the minute," explained Beale.
"Charlie Andrew is out on loan for Bradford Park Avenue playing a really good standard having impressed hugely whilst playing for Pickering Town.
"Harrison Foulkes is getting experience of senior football now at Pickering following Charlie's switch, which is great for him and his development.
"David Robson has been getting experience with East Yorkshire Carnegie and is now in the same league as Harrison having joined Stocksbridge Park Steels on work experience until the end of April, which I'm sure will be a positive experience for him.
"That has seen Harvey Cartwright playing for both the Under-18s and Under-23s of late. He's been excellent this season and is another young player who has come on leaps and bounds since being with us full-time and is currently playing to a really good standard.
"I'm delighted for all four of the lads. It's great to see and credit must go to Steve Croudson for the work he's doing with them.
"As I say, we're in a good place with our goalkeepers. We've got good competition between the keepers, which is never a bad thing to have.
"The nice thing about the dynamic of this group is that they’re challenging each other and pushing each other every day, which is what we went because the standards will only continue to improve."