Two talented boys from North Wales completed an inspiring journey from the Welsh Premier League Academy to the Victory Shield.
Wrexham AFC Under 16's players Cian Williams and Patrick Jones have both emerged through the national academy structure and had their first taste of U16 international football last week.
Williams was a centre back at Bangor City when he impressed in the North Wales squad at the 2017 Cymru Cup, in Connah’s Quay.
He was monitored the Wales national Talent ID scouts but only after he moved to Wrexham and switched to left back did he finally get the Cymru call. Cian featured in Wales’ defeat against the host nation but spoke very positively about his first ever cap for Wales.
He was joined by his Racecourse teammate Patrick Jones at the prestigious annual home nations tournament, featured in all three games of Wales’ campaign which was held in Ireland.
Similarly, striker Jones was at Bala Town when he appeared at the same Cymru Cup tournament, that annually sees the best 14-year-olds from across Wales complete for a place in our youngest national squad before switching to Wrexham shortly afterwards.
Wales National Talent ID Manager Gus Williams said: “We have monitored both boys since we saw them at the Cymru Cup and it’s great for them to get this opportunity.
“It shows that there is a pathway from the Welsh Premier League academies to international football and will hopefully inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
After an exciting start to the tournament, Wales were eventually beaten by Northern Ireland in the final.
We’d like to congratulate both players on their selection and commend them for their performances in the tournament.
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