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9 September 2014

Under 15 player signs for Premier League club

Northampton Town Academy midfielder Fraser Hornby has joined Everton under the terms of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP.) 

Under 15 player Fraser is the younger brother of Cobblers midfielder Lewis.

"We have mixed feelings as Fraser makes this move," said Academy Manager Trevor Gould.

"We always want to keep our best players but under the EPPP if a player is wanted by a Premier League club then it is just about impossible for us to resist given the processes set out as part of the EPPP.

"Fraser is going to a fantastic club with a proud record of producing young players who will  continue his development.

"It is also a big pat on the back for the work we are doing here. Not only are we producing players for our own first team, we are producing players who are attracting the interest of Premier League clubs and that is a massive endorsement of our work.

"Seeing any local player have the opportunity to develop at a Premier League club is exciting and we wish Fraser every success.

"This also sends out a message to any local footballer, the Northampton Town Academy is the ideal place to be to develop to help you either play in our first team or to be spotted by a Premier League club."

The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) is a youth development scheme initiated by the Premier League. The intention of the EPPP is to free up movement of younger players to the higher ranking academies by establishing a hierarchy of football academies in England and has established a fixed amount for transfer fees for players moving between academies.

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