Nuneaton Town defender Luther Wildin has become the first player to accept his place on the second edition of Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy.

By Luke Pawley

20-year-old Wildin, formerly of Notts County, is a right-back who is also capable of playing at centre-back and in a defensive midfield role. In 2016, Wildin represented Antigua and Barbuda at under-20 level for the first time. He scored his first goal for his country back in 2016, during a 6-0 victory over Sint Maarten.

The Notts County academy graduate has now been confirmed as the first player to accept his place in the V9 Academy for this year. The process could boost his hopes of receiving a senior international call-up, should he earn a move to an EFL club and progress his career.

Motivation for Wildin to achieve this can be taken from Alex Penny, another defender who plied his trade at Nuneaton Town. Centre-half Penny is now reaping the benefits of the V9 Academy system. He earned a place in last year’s academy intake and earned a move to League One side Peterborough United last summer.

Key Sports Management are the agency who represent Wildin, according to Transfermarkt. The agency also represent Jamie Vardy and are playing a key part in the V9 Academy program.

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