There have been many success stories that emerged from V9 2017. Many players moved up at least one step from the previous season, with some turning professional with National League teams. The ultimate aim was for four V9 players to get professional deals with football league clubs and at the time of writing we are proud to say that five of our graduates were offered deals.
Mickel Miller is the latest V9 graduate to receive a professional contract with a move to Hamilton Academical. Mickel will now be plying his trade in the Scottish Premiership with the prospect of playing against such clubs as Celtic and Rangers. Mickel’s move from Carshalton who play in the Bostik League demonstrates the opportunities that are there for players beyond the English leagues.
Danny Newton, who applied to attend V9, was one of the first three recruits and got an early taste of life in the limelight when he was paraded alongside Luke Coulson and James Montgomery at the King Power Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Danny impressed enough at the Etihad to earn a deal with Stevenage, where he has gone on to score 9 goals so far for the league two side.
Alex Penny earned himself a move to Peterborough United from Nuneaton Town in a £50,000 deal. The step up to League One is a great achievement and demonstrates the strength and potential of non-league players like Alex who just need to be given the opportunity.
Lamar Reynolds moved four steps up the pyramid system after leaving Brentwood Town to join Newport County FC. Lamar impressed at V9 with his trickery, pace and eye for goal and he will hopefully continue his progress up the leagues through his development with Newport.
Blair Turgott was another star of V9 who proved he has all the attributes to be a football league player. A lot of interest was shown in Blair throughout the week at the Etihad with him eventually opting to join Danny Newton at Stevenage.