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Green gets a new start with Oldham

19/06/2015  Comments (20)  jump
Midfield prospect George Green has signed for Oldham Athletic after being released by Everton this month.

The 19-year-old looked to have a promising future in the Premier League with the Blues after joining from Bradford City as a talented teenager and scoring a spectacular goal on loan at Tranmere earlier this year.

He was let go by the Blues, however, amid suggestions he had personal issues to deal with but he has now been given a new opportunity at Boundary Park, apparently on the recommendation of ex-Oldham boss Joe Royle.  

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Rob Dolby
1 Posted 19/06/2015 at 16:49:58
Déjà vu, Billy Kenny.
Dave Weston
2 Posted 19/06/2015 at 17:03:03
Traces of Billy Kenny?
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 19/06/2015 at 17:41:47
Good luck, lad.

I hope it goes well for him.

Doug Harris
4 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:12:36
Good luck to the lad, as we now know there were issues with him, therefore his release. If he gets his act together, maybe he can make a name for himself.

19 and the world at his feet; up to him now.

Enjoy the ride, George.

Andrew Presly
5 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:40:00
Jose Baxter went to Oldham too before his latest drug bust.
Nick Entwistle
6 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:45:18
Latest drug bust?
Colin Metcalfe
7 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:52:32
Just thinking that as Barcelona have put in a clause in the sale of Deulofeu for buy-back in the contract, I wonder if we could've done the same with the likes of Green instead of just releasing him?

If say he comes good in a few years, it would be a great shame if the big clubs come in for him and we are way down the list!

Just a thought ......

Malc Kitchen
8 Posted 19/06/2015 at 19:05:20
Best of luck, George. I recall the amazing backheel goal he scored from a corner, not long after his 16th birthday! If he becomes good, buy him back!!!
Dave Harper
9 Posted 19/06/2015 at 22:17:02
Hope the lad gets his problems sorted and makes a decent career for himself.
Harold Matthews
10 Posted 19/06/2015 at 22:57:26
Said to be a bit narky but very talented with a great left foot. Hope he does okay. Uprooting 15-year-olds is a dodgy business. I donÂ’t like it.
Andrew Presly
11 Posted 19/06/2015 at 23:43:28
Baxter, after a relative renaissance, got kicked out / sacked by the Blades recently due to drug misuse. He got busted.

Drugs (performance enhancing or recreational) are only a problem in football when you fail a test and those are few and far between.

Neymar is playing his 60 or 70-somethingÂ’th game post a World Cup and into this Copa America and is prancing about like a spring lamb. These boys are juiced up to the hilt! I personally asterisk all SpainÂ’s achievements & everything Juve did in the Â’90s.

Like all the FIFA stuff, itÂ’s a PandoraÂ’s box ready to be opened but itÂ’s not in anyoneÂ’s interests to do it.

David Hallwood
12 Posted 20/06/2015 at 01:49:23
Maybe Bill Kenny could have a word with both Green & Baxter, I wish both of them well and letÂ’s hope they both turn it round.
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 20/06/2015 at 08:13:20
Rehab Athletic!!
Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 20/06/2015 at 09:13:44
Andrew (#11), Did he? He was reported as having traces of a banned substance shown up in a test and was routinely suspended. He denied any wrongdoing.

HavenÂ’t seen any update on the story since it broke.

Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 20/06/2015 at 09:22:26
Posts 3&4 are more like it, wishing the lad well. IÂ’m sure he hasnÂ’t taken any drugs, even if they are very much part of present day society.

Billy KennyÂ’s story is heartbreaking, simply because of what he could have been.

I didnÂ’t know Jose had been sacked, but this is a kid who left Everton, because he wasnÂ’t developing and just wanted to play football.

I agree with Harold, about uprooting a kid at 15, surely they could have waited until he had left school. I wonder what his first contract was? But bet you it was akin to winning the lottery for one so young.

Playing football seems great, but when it becomes a job, only the truly gifted, or truly motivated are the only ones who seem to come through.

Darren Hind
16 Posted 20/06/2015 at 09:45:22
Is right, Tony.

There are so many things that can prevent a kid making the grade (usually because they just aren't quite up to it)

I get wound up by people who jump to conclusions.

Andrew Presly
17 Posted 20/06/2015 at 10:16:11
ShouldnÂ’t wishing Everton or ex-Everton players well go without saying?

To be clear about Baxter, thatÂ’s right, Ernie: itÂ’s a pending case so weÂ’ll see what happens with that one. He was getting back to a good level too so will be great if he keeps progressing. A good template for Green to follow. IÂ’m sure weÂ’ll all keep an eye out for him. I definitely will.

Ernie Baywood
18 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:23:52
I guess we all see wasted potential every day, but in football the cocktail of age, pay and profile seems to take it to another level.

Yes, footballers taking any kind of drugs are dickheads... but you can understand why they might end up in that situation.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 21/06/2015 at 20:05:14
IÂ’m not sure Baxter has been released by Sheffield United, I would like to know how he gets on from now on.

Tony (#25), I donÂ’t think Baxter wasnÂ’t developing at Everton, it was that he wasnÂ’t getting the chance to develop, plus he was asked to take a 50% pay cut.

Victor Yu
20 Posted 22/06/2015 at 05:39:29
Moyes was not good at developing youngsters. He wanted them to focus on physical training instead of techniques. That's why most of them hit a wall when they were 18 or 19 even though they were so talented when they were younger. He tried to install his philosophy in Man Utd's youngsters too before he was sent packing.

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