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Meet the seven scholars in Rovers Papa John’s Trophy Squad

9 November 2021

Meet the U18s who have been named in the Rovers squad to face Scunthorpe United in the Papa John's Trophy.

Three international call-ups coupled with a long list of injuries has provided opportunities for seven scholars to be named among Richie Wellens' squad for the final Papa John’s Trophy North Group E match.

Six youngsters have been named above the substitutes while Tavonga Kuleya make his first start for the club.

 

Corie Cole

The second year is a play-making midfielder. He was one of four players to successfully find the woodwork in the Red Viking Rail Crossbar Challenge.

 

Alex Fletcher

The first year, right-sided defender is comfortable at full back and right wing back. Defensively minded, he has a good turn of pace too and is an outlet on the counter-attack.

 

Jack Goodman

First year Jack Goodman is the U18s second top goal scorer after a run of six goals in eight appearances for Gary McSheffrey’s side. He scored an injury time winner in the FA Youth Cup last time to set up a home tie against Rotherham United. 

 

Will Hollings

Second year Hollings has been training with the first team. The versatile right-sided player is comfortable on the wing, at right back and in midfield. He is technically gifted player who likes to be on the ball.

Hollings was one of two players to be named on the bench for Rovers Emirates FA Cup tie on the weekend.

 

Tavonga Kuleya

A name Rovers fans might recognise as this is the third time the second year been included in the matchday squad.

Like Hollings, he was named among the substitutes for Saturday’s FA Cup clash. He was also named on the bench for the last Papa John’s Trophy group match against Manchester City U21s. The pacey winger has been a consistent performer for the U18s this campaign.

 

Jack Raper

First year forward Raper has been an effective part of the U18s front line throughout the 2021/22 campaign. He is an unselfish player who likes to bring his team-mates into the play.

 

Aleks Wolny

Second year Wolny joined the Academy in the Foundation Phase and has grown up playing the Rovers way. The promising forward has had his season hampered with injuries but he’s beginning to hit his stride again. He is a physical forward and will be an important part of Gary McSheffrey’s side for the remainder of the campaign.

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