Ten young Latics offered scholarships to commence from the 2018-19 season.
- Ten current Wigan Athletic U16 players offered scholarships
- Jensen Weir, who became Latics' youngest-ever first-team player this season, among those offered scholarships
- Head of Academy, Gregor Rioch: "The players should be very proud of themselves but they are aware they have only stepped on the next rung of the ladder.
Wigan Athletic have offered scholarships to ten under-16s, to commence from the summer of 2018.
Oliver Broe, Luke Robinson, Harry Jolley, Louis Isherwood, Joseph McWilliam, Jensen Weir, Thelo Aasgaard, McKenzie O’Neill, Kyle Joseph and Joseph Gelhardt have all been offered the opportunity to sign for Latics’ under-18s next season.
Speaking about the offers, Head of Academy Gregor Rioch said:
“We are delighted and proud to offer ten players scholarships for next season.
“The players should be very proud of themselves but they are aware they have only stepped on the next rung of the ladder.
“The standard of players at our academy is improving year after year, and so much credit to Kenny Williams our Head of Academy Recruitment along with the coaches at the academy for their efforts. I am excited for what lies ahead for these youngsters in the future.”
The academy have also informed five U16 players they won’t be offered scholarships, on this Rioch added: “This is the difficult part of the game; we would have loved to take them all but it wasn’t possible.
“I’d like to thank the players who won’t be with us next season for their efforts. They have been a credit to the club and represented their families brilliantly. I am certain the experience with Wigan Athletic will help them towards gaining a scholarship with other clubs”.
Oliver Broe - Oliver joined the club in July 2015 and is an energetic attack-minded full back. Oliver joined the club after spending his early years at Liverpool, and his strengths include his 1v1 defending and crossing ability.
Luke Robinson - Luke is a left back who joined the club from Wrexham as an under 15. Luke is a tough tackling yet attack minded full back who shows great desire to have an impact in the attacking third.
Harry Jolley - Harry joined Wigan Athletic as an under 14, and follows his brother Charlie’s footsteps in gaining a scholarship at the club. Harry is able to play across the back four and shows great leadership and organisational skills for someone so young.
Louis Isherwood - Louis is a central defender who started with Wigan Athletic before joining Liverpool at 12 years of age. Louis returned to Latics as an under 14. Louis is comfortable in playing out from the back and is a strong 1v1 defender.
Joseph McWilliam - Joe joined the club in March 2013. A tough tackling and energetic holding midfield player, Joe excels in breaking down opposition attacks and retaining possession. Joe is a natural leader within the group.
Jensen Weir - Jensen joined Wigan Athletic in October 2012. Jensen became the youngest player to appear for the first team coming on as a second half substitute against Accrington Stanley. The son of former Everton and Scotland defender David Weir, Jensen has captained Scotland at U16 level and has featured heavily for the club's under 18 side this season.
Thelo Aasgaard - Thelo joined the club in September 2015 following a spell at Liverpool’s academy. Thelo is a creative and intelligent attacking midfield player who can create and score goals, and is eligible to represent four different countries at international level.
McKenzie O'Neill - McKenzie is a bright and intelligent player who is able to play in a number of positions. Kenzie is a dribbler and has an eye for goal, contributing with a number of goals so far this season.
Kyle Joseph - Kyle joined Wigan Athletic as an U14 and has been a consistent goalscorer ever since. A strong, robust and enthusiastic centre forward, Kyle has already scored 27 goals so far this season for the club’s U16 age group.
Joseph Gelhardt - Joe has been at the club since the age of 10 and has gone from strength to strength. Joe represented England at youth level having been called up at both U15 and U16 level. Joe has been a regular in our U18 squad.