Joe Dudgeon

Birthdate: 26 November 1990
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Position: Defender
First-team appearances: 0

Reserve-team appearances 2009/10: 16(1)
Reserve-team goals 2009/10: 1

Honours: Barclays Premier Reserve League North 2009/10; Reserve League Play-Off Final 2009/10; Manchester Senior Cup 2008/09; Lancashire Senior Cup 2008/09; Torneo Calcio Memorial Claudio Sassi-Sassuolo 2009

30/08/2010 15:58, Report by James Tuck
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Introducing: Joe Dudgeon

This week we're taking a closer look at eight of the players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reserves squad who will be aiming to make the breakthrough into the first team over the next season...

Leeds-born Joe Dudgeon is a no-nonsense defender who began in the centre, but has evolved into a fine left-back under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce.

He has worked his way right through United’s ranks, increasingly becoming a cornerstone of the Reserves' defence. Joe was also handed the no.44 first-team squad number in October 2009, later being involved in the senior squad for the Carling Cup win over Barnsley.

"Joe has been fantastic to work with," says Solskjaer, his coach at Reserves level. "We know the character of the boy and he's stepped up really well since coming into
the team."

Dudgeon's approach is most notable for his unyielding bravery and desire to win the ball, and his intelligence with and without possession make him a superb reader of the game.

It's not just during matches that Joe's commitment shines, though, according to his former coach, Under-18s manager Paul McGuinness.

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