In a remarkable week for Market Drayton Town FC the club has seen no fewer than three of their current and former players progress through the football pyramid and on to larger clubs.
This week former Drayton winger Cohen Bramall left current NPL club Hednesford Town, who he joined last summer from Market Drayton, bound for Premier League Arsenal.
Another recent ex-player, Jake Bennett, has secured a move to League One Sheffield United on a reported 18 month contract and current First Team goalkeeper Ash Rawlins has secured a move to National League Barrow.
Commenting on the moves, Market Drayton Town Chairman Ben Cockram said “I’m delighted for these players securing moves to bigger clubs. Cohen and Jake were excellent for us during their time here and Ash has been so consistent in goal over the last couple of years that it was only a matter of time before he moved on elsewhere. His workrate is second to none and he will be tremendously difficult to replace next season.
The three moves are a truly magnificent hat-trick for Drayton in terms of promoting our club’s youth development policy.”
“We are a club that loves to nurture young talent. Cohen’s move to the NPL at the beginning of this season was a great loss to the club but we could not stand in the way of his career progression.
His move, however, has given the club a huge boost. It is the dream of every player here to move to the Premier League and for our U21s in particular it provides real hope that you can progress from Market Drayton up the football pyramid. You only have to look at our squads to see that there are several other players in line for bright futures in football and we count ourselves lucky to be able to produce some fantastic individual talent at the club.”
“Jake Bennett left us during the 2014/15 season and, like Cohen, has found exposure in the NPL which has taken him to the Football League. I’ve no doubt he will adapt well to the change and we all wish him the very best at Sheffield United.”
20 year old shot-stopper Ash Rawlins has signed dual registration with AFC Barrow of the National League and his father John has watched his son develop as a player since he made his debut for The Gingerbreadmen two years ago. “Whatever happens and wherever he goes”,
John remarks, “Market Drayton Town FC will always be in his heart. As a proud parent I would like to thank everyone at Drayton – players, staff, and supporters – for all the support and help they have given him over the past couple of seasons.”
Source: Market Drayton Town FC