Hartlepool United goalkeeper Brad Young hailed after call-up to England training camp
Promising Hartlepool United goalkeeper Brad Young has won praise after earning a call-up for an England goalkeeping training camp.
The 17-year-old is set to travel to St George’s Park on Sunday to meet with coaches and fellow players before three days of training at the National Football Centre.
His work ethic has been praised by Pools’ goalkeeping coach Ross Turnbull. Young is currently enjoying a season-long loan at Billingham Town.
“At the moment, it’s all potential with Brad,” said Turnbull.
“Whenever anyone asks me about him I always say that if his work ethic and willingness to learn continues as it is then he will give himself the best opportunity to go and have a career as a professional footballer.
“That’s got to be his goal. He’s on the right path at the moment but it’s still early days and this is just some good recognition for the work he’s been doing.
“I have spoken to him and told him this is a reward for the effort he puts in every day because I have worked with him for more than 16 months now and he’s been great.
“This is an added incentive for him now. He’s got in a training camp so he can go there and do himself justice and push himself towards getting in a squad, playing friendlies and competitive international games.
“It’s one step at a time, of course, but I will be there pushing him every step of the way. I’m not happy with a training camp – can he go and get in a squad? I won’t be settling for anything less.”
Turnbull added: “He’s worked exceptionally hard and he deserves everything he is getting at the moment so hopefully it can continue for him.
“It’s a proud moment for everyone involved – for Brad, his parents, the club, the youth development side of things, it’s just great news.”
Development camps have been run by The Football Association for over a decade and give up and coming keepers the chance to showcase their skills with a view to being called-up to their respective age group National Squads.