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23 March 2016

Academy player moves under the terms of the EPPP

Northampton Town Academy under 12 midfielder Carney Chukwameka has signed for the Aston Villa Academy under the terms of the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan.)

Carney, a local boy who attends St James Primary School in Northampton, joined the Cobblers as an under 9 and has spent the last four years under the guidance of the club’s foundation stage coaches.

Northampton Town’s Academy Manager Trevor Gould said, “There was a lot of interest from a number of Premier League clubs in Carney and under the EPPP guidelines once a player is identified by a Category One Academy there isn’t much we can do.

"The fact that Carney generated that interest  is a tribute to both Carney himself and the Academy here in terms of our recruitment and our coaching and development of young players.

“Carney has a wonderful attitude, this is a tribute to the work of our foundation stage and this news should act as a big encouragement to local players that the Northampton Town Academy is the best place for local, young footballers to develop.

“Our scouts watch lots of local football, and we also get to see many youngsters on the club’s holiday courses and through our community work and we are always looking to recruit and develop young talent.

“We wish Carney and his family all the very best at Aston Villa and will be watching his development closely, with pride.”

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