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Dobra and Clements With First Team in Germany
Thursday, 4th Jul 2019 20:45

Youngsters Armando Dobra and Bailey Clements joined the first-team squad as they flew out to Germany earlier this afternoon for their pre-season training camp.

Attacking midfielder Dobra, 18, signed his first professional deal with the Blues in February and a month later was handed his Albanian U19s debut.

A regular for the U23s last season, Dobra joined Town from the Essex-based Finesse Football Academy as an U15 and became a full-time scholar in the summer of 2017.

Left-back Clements, also 18, signed his first professional deal in August last year having trained with the first team during pre-season and come on as a sub in the Barnet friendly. Clements has been with Town, his local club, since he was seven years old.

The duo will hope to be involved when the Blues take on Bundesliga new boys SC Paderborn in their first friendly of pre-season on Saturday.

Dobra and Clements are far from the only academy products in Germany with the likes of Jack Lankester, Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes, Tristan Nydam, Josh Emmanuel, Myles Kenlock, Harry Wright and Idris El Mizouni all established members of the first-team squad.

You can find details of Town’s pre-season fixtures ahead of 2019/20 here.

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Wickets added 17:01 - Jul 5
Many posts now saying that Barts wages need to be removed from our budget, just over a year ago the board was going into meltdown with posters saying that Barts contract was a big priority for our owner ! just saying !!

Northstandveteran added 17:14 - Jul 5
It was posted on the Norwood Judge at Playford road story by TBT.
There are also similar mentions of this on the forum, by whom, I can't remember.

ITFCsince73 added 18:06 - Jul 5
100% agree with all your words NSV.
But I do wonder how anyone can see any positive from what’s been shown from the club so far.
Maybe season ticket holders, to help justify their decision made.
This site produces a lot of head in the cloud comments.
And I wouldn’t think Bart leaving has any bearing on new arrivals.
I don’t think for one moment, Bart was the only player to leave this summer, so it all rests on weather he stays or not. There will be other departures.
Unless ME goes against what he always has done every summer so far.

midastouch added 19:25 - Jul 5
14 out and 3 in so far. I know we have to address / balance the ins and out against the loss of revenue now we're one league further down. However, you would of thought with so many more going out than coming in, even with Bart (who is the highest or second highest earner I would imagine) still on the books, there was more scope to get at least 1 or 2 more good additions in sooner rather than later. If we base everything on whether Bart's in or out it's not going to make for ideal preparation for Lambert if it continues to drags on longer than hoped (which it already is). I recall that when Norwich went down to League One I was expecting them to cut their cloth accordingly. However, I have to say I remember thinking at the time they were going the extra mile to keep hold of their best players as well as strengthen and it paid off big time with 2 successive promotions. I hate to say it but right now it doesn't feel like Evans is giving anything like the same level of backing as he was given at Norwich when Lambert took over after they binned off Bryan E By Gunn (following their opening day humiliation to Colchester). Hopefully there are positive things going on in the background but I was hoping for more signs by now of movements not only out, but also back in. I wasn't jumping for joy about Hurst's appointment (even though I was a Mick outer!) and got called a pessimist at the time for mentioning we were favourites to get relegated. Right now I would give us about a 1 in 3 chance of going up but if we don't strengthen then I'd say it's only about a 1 in 4 chance. I think we could do well but I'm worried we're a bit thin on the ground and not sure how we'd cope if we got injuries to key players like Judge or Norwood. I'm hoping Norwood is going to do the business. My gut is telling me he will but nothing is for certain in football. If we don't strengthen then we might get away with it if we're lucky but we'd need to be very lucky with injuries and I can't remember a season in a very long time when we've had any luck on the injury front!

midastouch added 19:37 - Jul 5
Typo above, meant to say "it doesn't feel (at least so far) like Evans is giving anything like the same level of backing as was extended to Lambert by the Norwich board, when he took over there from Bryan Gunn."

midastouch added 19:46 - Jul 5
On a different note. Ryan Fraser is on the way to Arsenal possibly. That's one rabbit Mick certainly pulled out of the hat. I'm more than happy to give him credit there. When Fraser got injured we started to drop down the league like a stone and it's felt like downhill ever since!

londontractorboy57 added 21:23 - Jul 5
Good luck guys show you are worthy to wear the shirt and look forward to a great career at itfc.

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