By Dan Chapman
As Full Contact approaches the start of its second season, senior partner Dan Chapman previews the prospects ahead for Full Contact clients.
In the Championship, Grant Holt will be looking to spearhead Wigan Athletic’s immediate promotion challenge, as well as the not insignificant assault on the Europa League (with a Wembley trip to play Manchester United in the Community Shield an enticing distraction). Grant’s Wigan will no doubt expect to face keen competition for both promotion and the North West honours from Bolton Wanderers, who will field the talented André Moritz – the Brazilian will be seeking his second successive promotion from this league. Young first year pro Manny Dieseruvwe will continue his education in Sheffield Wednesday’s development squad, but will no doubt look to catch the eye of Dave Jones before the end of the season.
Turning to League One, a number of Full Contact clients hope to make a real impression. Young Jordan Wynter boldly made the move from Arsenal to Bristol City notwithstanding the offer of a new contract at the Emirates, and Jordan hopes to quickly establish himself as a major presence in Sean O’Driscoll’s midfield. Richard Brindley completes quite a year; from playing trials football last summer to the Blue Square South with Chelmsford, to Chesterfield in League Two. Richard now begins his career with Rotherham United in League One, aiming to make the right back berth his own.
In League Two, young goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook will be keen to gain valuable Football League or Cup experience during his rookie season, following a promising youth career at Arsenal. Working under esteemed keeper coach Fred Barber, Reice could not be in safer hands! Another Full Contact client will be looking to break through this season; Alefe Santos of Bristol Rovers made his Football League debut last year, but will be hoping to soon add to that solitary appearance. We all believe Alefe has a fantastic future ahead of him, and 2013/14 could be, despite his age of just 18, a big season for him. Another who could herald the season as a major turning point in both his footballing career and life is Chesterfield’s Armand Gnanduillet. Joining English football during the snowbound January window, Armand had to battle with the transition from amateur to football in France to the professional game in England, and with little fitness work behind him to speak of did wonders to make a real impact – and score a few goals – in the remainder of the season. Impressing enough to win a two year contract, and with a pre-season now behind him, we look forward to seeing how Armand can now develop.
Star players to feature in Premier League Under 21 teams this season will include Arsenal’s Daniel Boateng. Another client who will feature regularly at Premier League Under 21 level is Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews. Remi, fresh from signing his first professional contract, benefitted hugely from two non-league loan spells last season to ally his Under 18 performances, and he will now relish stepping up to be the no.1 for the U21 team. Continuing to work with England goalkeeper coach Dave Watson, the future appears bright for Remi.
A number of Full Contact clients enter that crucial second year of their scholarship; a year in which our support and work will be crucial as they seek to advance towards professional careers. Keep an eye out for Stoke City’s left-back Joel Taylor, Middlesbrough’s Mark Kitching, Bristol Rovers’ Trey Anderson, and Wrexham’s keeper John Hodgin.
A number of first year scholars look to make a big, early impression: Jonathan Fusco at Sheffield Wednesday, Muctaru Conte at Oxford and Regan Charles-Cook at Charlton.
Full Contact also likes to work with some extremely talented non-league players who have the ability and potential to play at a higher level; none other than our own Lee Payne made his way to the top flight from non-league after all. Our players to look out for include two mercurial French talents; Jean-Michel Gueyes (Halesowen Town) and Yannick Makota (Market Drayton). Two English strikers look to make an impression, as they use non-league football to bounce back in to the Football League; Evan Garnett (Ilkeston) and Deqwon Ebanks (Tamworth).
All the Full Contact team wish all of our clients a fantastic start to the forthcoming season.
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The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.
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