02/07/2012 11:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Reds' first-year intake

United have confirmed nine first-year Academy scholars ahead of next season, including James Wilson and Nicholas Ioannou.

The 16-year-old duo performed admirably during last season's FA Youth Cup run and will look to make further progress under coach Paul McGuinness.

Andreas Pereira appeared for the Under-18 side last term after arriving from PSV Eindhoven while Joshua Harrop and Ashley Fletcher also made fleeting appearances, with the latter even getting on the bench for the Reserves' Lancashire Senior Cup clash with Blackpool.

Defenders Ben Barber and Ryan McConnell are also part of the intake, along with midfielders Callum Evans and Matthew Willock, while Kieran O'Hara will compete for a place between the sticks after signing as an Under-17 Academy student.

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First-year Scholars

Ben Barber - Defender
Callum Evans - Midfielder
Ashley Fletcher - Forward
Joshua Harrop - Midfielder
Andreas Pereira - Midfielder
Nicholas Ioannou - Defender
Ryan McConnell - Defender
Matthew Willock - Midfielder
James Wilson - Forward

U17 Academy Student:
Kieran O'Hara


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