Michael Collins is picked up by Sunderland

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Everton Academy defender Michael Collins has been picked up by Sunderland to play for their Under-23 side.

Michael is an 18-year-old left-footed centre-back whose scholarship contract with the Blues expired at the end of June and, in anticipation of this, he went on trial with Sunderland last season with their Under-23 and Under-18 teams.

After he was released at the end of June, the Black Cats brought him in and are hoping he can continue to grow as a player next season.

 

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 04/07/2019 at 16:48:43
Additionally, the following Academy Under-18 players from last season appear to have been released by the Club:

Pawel Zuk
Kameron Stanley
Elliot Richards
Tom Warren
Barry McKeown
Ethan Warnock

All are listed on TransferMarkt as being "Without Club".

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 04/07/2019 at 16:58:10
A terrible time for these young lads getting released, some of them possibly being at Finch Farm since a very early age. I hope they get fixed up pretty quickly.
Darren Hind
3 Posted 04/07/2019 at 17:27:05
You can't help but feel for them.

I share Dave's sentiments. Would be nice to think they could all find a new home from which to chase the dream.

Ray Roche
4 Posted 04/07/2019 at 17:35:15
Darren, Dave, yes the crushing disappointment these lads must be feeling. you just hope that their parents kept them “grounded” and didn’t allow them to neglect their education. I’ve seen parents...Dads usually...who try to live their own dreams through their kids in football, and golf, chasing the almost impossible dream and when it comes to an end it’s the kid who is let down.
Steavey Buckley
5 Posted 04/07/2019 at 18:08:20
Young players being released every season from the Under-18s and Under-23s should not come as a shock as it happens all the time when players are associated with a big club who have to buy the very best to compete. Otherwise, Everton would find themselves relegated to the Championship where younger players are more likely to be destined.

Those younger players who came through the junior ranks would have been given a valuable football education that will be with them for the rest of their lives and will allow them at worst give them a decent living doing something they enjoy in a footballing environment that will be pleasurable and not a chore.

Si Smith
6 Posted 05/07/2019 at 05:48:24
Yes all part and parcel of football I'm afraid!
Paul Hughes
7 Posted 05/07/2019 at 10:58:44
The Man City Academy has a link with a local school (incidentally Michael Keane's alma mater). The Academy kids spend half a day having normal lessons at the school, and then transfer over to the City Academy for the rest of the day. The upshot is that they get a half-decent education, and a clutch of GCSEs behind them, when the disappointment arrives.

I would hope that Everton has some sort of similar arrangement, so that these kids have some sort of options going forward.

Shane Corcoran
8 Posted 06/07/2019 at 11:28:11
With a name like that, how can he fail to be a success?
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 06/07/2019 at 12:37:43
Shane (8), going to town the other day I passed James Larkin Way, around Boundary Street, would have made a strong centre back pairing with Michael Collins!!!

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