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JOSH TOMLINSON ON HIS PROGRESS FROM THE ACADEMY SKILLS CENTRES TO THE FIRST TEAM SQUAD

Record breaking defender on signing a long term professional contract

8 December 2022

Academy

JOSH TOMLINSON ON HIS PROGRESS FROM THE ACADEMY SKILLS CENTRES TO THE FIRST TEAM SQUAD

Record breaking defender on signing a long term professional contract

8 December 2022

Northampton Town defender Josh Tomlinson is a very proud young man.

Tomlinson, who turned 17 at the start of December, has signed a long term professional contract with the club and is the perfect example of the club's player pathway in operation.

He joined the club aged 9, attending some Skill Centre sessions. The Northampton Town Academy hold regular Skills Centres in Northampton, Milton Keynes and Wellingborough for players aged 5-11 years old who can just turn up and play. Players who impress are then invited to join our Academy pathway via our development centres, and that is exactly the journey that Tomlinson has taken.

"Signing my professional contract is a very special moment," he said. "I have been at the club since I was nine and have progressed from the Skills Centre to the Development Centre to the Shadow Squad to the Academy and now I am here.

"The Skills Centre was a great way in for me. I have nothing but good words to say about everyone who has coached me, educated me and helped me along. That speaks very well of the club and the pathway there is.

"It isn't just me who has been on that pathway. All those years ago, some of those lads in the Skills Centre with me then are with me now in the youth team and that shows the opportunities that are there.

"The Skills Centres are a great opportunity for anyone to impress. It can open doors, it can get you noticed and it is a great opportunity for anyone."

Tomlinson is the youngest player to ever play for the first team and the youngest player ever to score for the firs team and as he explained, he has always been someone who is quick to progress.

"Midway through my under 14 season I played for the youth team with Jon Brady who was the under 18s coach at the time," he said. "I have always had a great relationship with him. He has helped me through some tough periods and I can't thank him and all the coaching staff at the club enough.

"There are a lot of experienced central defenders within the coaching structure and there are a lot of people, both coaches and current players at the club who have loads of experience and are happy to help us try and improve. Whatever position you play in, there are plenty of people at the club to help guide you, like Shane Goddard who has been a big help for me in the under 18s..

"I have made a few first team appearances here and there and my challenge now is to try and play as many games as I can. I have enjoyed every moment so far and I want to experience more of those moments.

"I can't put in to words how much it means to me. I am very proud."

For more details on the club's Skills Centres, please email ryan.hill@ntfc.co.uk


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