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Development Squad

Connell excited about the future

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Boss Alan Connell would like the AFC Bournemouth development squad’s league game against Crewe Alexandra to be a celebration of their season.

The Cherries host the Railwaymen at Vitality Stadium in their final home match in the Professional Development League on Tuesday 14th May (7.30pm).

Connell’s team have performed admirably in their first season since the club’s academy status was elevated to category two.

Several members of his squad have been involved with the first team, including Dominic Sadi who made his Premier League debut in the recent win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Teenage striker Daniel Adu-Adjei, who was named academy player of the year, scored his first goal in the EFL during a loan spell in League One with Leyton Orient.

And Jack Wadham and Jonny Stuttle also had productive temporary stays with Worthing and Wimborne Town, respectively.

Asked what he hoped to see from his squad against Crewe, Connell told afcb.co.uk: “I’m hoping my players show what they’ve shown all season – immense character and courage coupled with energy and bravery in their play.

“We have always encouraged them to play with freedom and creativity and I hope we see all those characteristics come out against Crewe.

“No game is ever perfect, but it’s been a great season for us as a category two academy, playing lots of stadium games and playing against really good opposition.

“The players have had a season full of learning, opportunity and improvement.

"We’ve got some really exciting young players coming through and the season has been a great success. I’m excited about the future for these players.”

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