Salford-born local lad Jake Kenyon is a wide player with plenty of pace.

The winger turned full-back has progressed through the system and was a regular in Kieran McKenna's side last season. Kenyon made his Under-18 debut at Everton in a 2-0 defeat in 2014, playing 88 minutes before being replaced by Travis Johnson. His first goal for the Under-18s came in the 3-0 victory over Wolves in September when he scored the final strike of the game at the Aon Training Complex. He ended up with three goals in 23 games in 2015/16 as he was a regular member of the squad and made a useful contribution throughout the season. After being converted to a defender, he managed to hold down a place at full-back in McKenna's team and provided a tremendous amount of attacking support. McKenna commented: "He has been a winger all through the system but, if you look at the modern day full-back now, there's an importance in a player who can attack really well from that position, provide assists and be a goal threat. He puts in a regular stream of crosses as well and gets back to defend too. It's important he took that on really well and he's been a big part of the attacking play the team has produced but also been hard to beat and diligent in his defending as well." Although he will have learned lessons from a defensive perspective, he can still be well pleased with a record of 24 appearances in his final year at Under-18 level and an extremely positive contribution.

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