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Preston North End FC Academy U18s Profiles

Academy Staff
Nick Harrison
Academy Manager & Lead PDP (U18) Coach
 
Matt Craddock 
Head of Coaching & Lead YDP (U12-U16) Coach
 
Andy Fensome
PDP (U18) Coach
 
Paul Gray
Lead FP (U5-U11) Coach
 
Nick Reid
Head of Medicine & Sports Science
 
Ruth Fensome
Youth Administrator
youthadmin@pne.com  
 
Andy Livingstone
Head of Recruitment & Safeguarding Officer
andylivingstone@pne.com
 
Phil Brown
Head of Education

Second Year Profiles

Callum Roberts
Callum Roberts
Position:Goalkeeper 
Date of birth: 12/09/1998 
After spending six years in Sunderland’s youth set-up, Roberts joined PNE on scholarship terms in 2014. The goalkeeper, from Middlesbrough, is a talented shot-stopper and a vocal leader in the Lilywhites’ backline. He is also extremely brave, both in terms of battling for the ball in the air and sweeping up in defence when required.

Jack Burgoyne 
Jack Burgoyne
Position: Centre back
Date of birth: 13/10/1998
Burgoyne signed for North End after his release from Manchester United in 2013, but he is originally from Lytham. He is an aggressive defender who is comfortable playing at right back but prefers to play as a centre back where he enjoys passing out from the back. 

Callum Tait 
Callum Tait
Position: Right back 
Date of birth: 22/10/1998
A calm and reliable defender most often seen playing as a right back. Tait, from Newcastle, likes to get forward and is a fine crosser of the ball. He will be hoping to provide plenty of assists for his attacking teammates this season.

Leon Creech 
Leon Creech
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Date of birth: 03/12/1998
An aggressive and versatile player, Creech has been at PNE since he was nine-years-old and is capable of playing almost anywhere. The Accrington-born youngster likes to play through the middle but can also play anywhere on the right side and as a striker, but can always be relied upon wherever he is deployed. 

Josh Earl
Josh Earl
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Date of birth: 24/10/1998
A quick and powerful defender, Earl carries plenty of attacking threat from left back and is also capable of playing in a more advanced role on that flank. The defender is from Liverpool but has been with the Lilywhites since he was nine. He also provides excellent delivery from wide areas.

Akwasi Kwateng 
Akwasi Kwateng
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Date of birth: 28/03/1999
Kwateng is an intelligent and physical player – attributes which have seen him deployed all over the pitch. He prefers to play as a defensive midfielder, but the London-born youngster, previously of Ipswich Town, is regularly used as a centre back and has also been used as a winger and striker, too.

Melle Meulensteen
Melle Meulensteen
Position: Midfielder
Date of birth: 04/07/1999
Current U18s captain and now in his second year with North End, Meulensteen signed as a scholar in 2014. Originally from Nijmegen, Netherlands and previously at Manchester United, the midfielder can play as the holding man, a more attacking playmaker or anywhere in between, and provides fantastic deliveries from set-pieces.

Tom Barry 
Tom Barry
Position: Forward
Date of birth: 04/02/1999
A quick-footed and determined player, Barry is a striker who is just as effective playing as an attacking midfielder or winger. The Middlesbrough-born attacker, who played for his hometown club before signing for PNE in 2014, is a relentless and creative force in the final third.

Dylan Davidson 
Dylan Davidson
Position: Forward
Date of birth: 20/03/1999
Davidson is a striker from Belfast who can also play on the left wing. Formerly of Cliftonville, the Northern Irishman has a wicked left foot and loves to cut in from the right. He signed for PNE last year as a scholar and he is also reliable from the penalty spot.

First Year Profiles 

Kamol Campbell
Kamal Campbell
Position: Defender
Date of birth: 25/06/2000
A quick but composed defender who can play in the middle or on the left of the backline, Campbell signed as a scholar for PNE in 2016. The defensive man is from Birmingham and played for Coventry City and more recently Walsall before joining the North End set-up.

Lewis Fensome
Lewis Fensome
Position: Centre back
Date of birth: 12/02/2000
A composed defender, Fensome is capable of playing as either a right back or centre back and is now a strong and intelligent defender who passes out from the back. From Preston, Lewis grew us watching the Lilywhites as a North End fan and has represented the club at youth level from U9s. Fensome comes from a footballing background and is the son of former PNE player Andy Fensome. 

Tom Stead 
Tom Stead
Position: Centre back
Date of birth: 23/03/2000
Stead, from Wigan, is in his third season with PNE and his first as a scholar. He is a calm and confident centre-back who had brief spells with a number of clubs before joining North End, including Blackburn Rovers.

Harry Garstang 
Harry Garstang
Position: Attacking midfielder
Date of birth: 09/03/2000 
Garstang has played for PNE since he was just age seven. The diminutive attacker, from Ashton-on-Ribble, can play anywhere from central-midfield to centre-forward, but usually finds himself in attacking midfield where he can best use his creative and passing skills.

Oscar O'Neil
Oscar O'Neil
Position: Central midfield
Date of birth: 21/03/2000
O’Neil is a combative central midfielder who has been at PNE since the age of 12. The Lytham-born enforcer usually plays in a more defensive midfield role and is strong in the tackle, but he also enjoys getting forward into goal scoring positions, too. Oscar is the son of former PNE midfielder and Scotland international Brian O'Neil. 

Kian Smart 
Kian Smart
Position: Central midfield
Date of birth: 04/12/1999
A calm but energetic defensive midfielder, Smart, from Lostock Hall, has been with the Lilywhites from U13s upwards. Formerly of Blackburn Rovers, he is a calming presence in the middle and regularly wins the ball back for his teammates. Kian's dad, Allan Smart, also played for North End between 1994 and 1996. 

Michael Howard 
Michael Howard
Position: Winger
Date of birth: 17/10/1999
A quick and dynamic winger, Howard has been a part of the PNE set-up for almost seven years. The attacker, from Southport, can play on either flank and is another player who is confident using both feet and cutting inside from the wing.

Alex Wood 
Alex Wood
Position: Winger
Date of birth: 11/10/1999
Wood is an attacking midfielder who can play on either flank or just behind the striker, but he has also played in a slightly deeper midfield role. From Burnley, he has been a Lilywhites player since U12s and loves to cut inside from both wings because of his great ability to use both feet.

Myles Mason 
Myles Mason
Position: Forward
Date of birth: 04/01/2000
hip terms. He is a quick and dynamic player who has previously featured in the youth set-ups of Coventry City and more recently Walsall. An attacker capable of playing centrally or on the flanks, Mason signed for Preston in 2016 on scholars.