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Successful trip for Sheffield Wednesday academy

28 April 2014

Head of Academy recruitment Ken Ryder and Under-14 coach Lee Briscoe recently returned from a successful five-day trip to Northern Ireland.

The visit was designed to strengthen existing partnerships with clubs in Northern Ireland and to establish relations with new ones.

Ryder and ex-Owls defender Briscoe took in nine Under-13 to Under-15 games in various areas of Northern Ireland.

Two outstanding youngsters were identified, both of whom have already earned recognition in the Northern Ireland Elite performance squads.

The Owls’ duo were guests of former Wednesday midfielder Jim Magilton, now Performance Director for the Northern Ireland FA.

The invitation took them to Ulster University to watch the elite squads put through their paces.

It was Ryder who signed Magiton for Oxford United in 1990 for £100,000 from Liverpool, while Briscoe is a former SWFC team mate of the midfielder.

Briscoe also oversaw two coaching sessions in Northern Ireland, covering age groups from Under 11 through to Under 16.

Further visits are in the pipeline to extend relationships that have seen the club sign the likes of Seanna Foster, Simon Hannah and Glenn Law over the past two seasons.

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