THREE budding Town players will be aiming to make their names in their own right next season.
Jordan SInnott, son of former Town skipper Lee, Josh Windass, whose dad is Hull legend Dean, and Harrison Blakey, son of ex-Yorkshire and England cricketer Richard, are among 10 newcomers stepping up from the Under 16 side to the academy.
Sinnott is a central midfielder, Windass, who has been with Town since he was nine, a midfielder or striker and ex-Leeds youngster Blakey a centre-back.
Also joining up are goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson, who has already played for the reserves (in the 3-1 totesport.com League win over Leeds in March), and central defenders James Burke, from Shepley, and Leeds-based Dominic Dickinson.
The other four are central midfielder Matt Crooks, back with Town after a stint at Manchester United, winger David Melling, from Wyke, and forwards Warrick Charlton, another former Leeds player, and Max Leonard.
While Leonard, from Longwood, is 15, all the other nine are 16.
They join Adam Field, Greg Pearson, Aidan D’Arcy, Adam Colton, Michael McCaffery and Shane Birtles, who become second-year academy players.
Town have also taken on a further three players – midfielders James Nanje-Ngoe and Israel Johnson and striker Hatib Cham – as schoolboys, meaning they will continue their studies while playing for the Under 18s in the FA Premier Academy League.
Town’s academy scheme, run by former player Graham Mitchell and assistant Graham Yates, and with Patrick Stewart as president, also includes an educational programme.