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Joondalup City sign academy deal with Everton

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Youngsters at Joondalup City could be invited to train at Everton after the two clubs signed an academy agreement.

The two-year deal will see the northern suburbs outfit become the Premier League club’s first International Academy Affiliate Club Partner.

Everton coach and former centre forward Duncan Ferguson sent a welcome message to Joondalup City earlier this month.

A post of the Joondalup City Facebook page says program will include:

  • Everton coaches running camps at Joondalup City’s Iluka Sports Complex home

  • Coaches from the two clubs having regular contact

  • Everton demonstration videos being made available to Joondalup City coaches

  • Free travel and accommodation for players identified and selected by Everton Academy coaches to attend trials in the UK at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground

Joondalup City Director of Coaching David Clayton said the link-up came from a family catch-up in a pub in his home city of Manchester.

David owns The Football Academy indoor training centre in Wangara and said he was back in the UK hoping to get an English club involved in his business. While having a drink with his niece, she casually mentioned that she worked at Finch Farm.

“I couldn’t believe she hadn’t told me this before,” he said.

David said they quickly arranged a meeting with Everton officials and his timing was just perfect.

“Talk about being in the right place at the right time,” he said. “They said they were going to pursue overseas academies.”

Everton informed David they were only interested in working with club, which is why the tie up is with Joondalup City.

“We were in conversations for about eight months,” he said. “There were about 30-40 Skype phone calls and 40-50 normal phone calls.

“It’s very exciting as we will be there first overseas academy.

“All of their coaches have A-licences and they will send coaches over twice a year.

“It’s fantastic for Joondalup City. We already have a strong youth set-up and I would hope it would help us attract even more young players in the area.”