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Cameron Collects Youth Accolade

1 May 2015

Winger Takes Home Chris Muir Memorial Trophy

Henry Cameron was presented with the Chris Muir Memorial trophy this evening, recognising him as Blackpool's Youth Team Player of the Year.

The winger, 17, burst onto the first-team stage in January and made his debut for the club against Brighton & Hove Albion that same month.

Having been on the club's books since the age of 11, Cameron has featured 10 times for Lee Clark's side so far and scored his first goal against Ipswich Town last month.

"I'm delighted for Henry, he had a tough start to the season in terms of his confidence but we sorted that out and he started to believe he had the ability to progress through the season," Head of Coaching Richie Kyle said.

"He's come on leaps and bounds and we always knew the ability he's got, it was just a case of getting him to believe in himself. The lad has got an exciting future ahead of him. We're all delighted that he's had the opportunity to get into the first-team and show how good he is. He's got all the talent to get to where he wants to be if he keeps believing in his ability.

"He's had to be mentally strong this year to come through a few obstacles but every credit to him, he's performed well for the youth team and had some impressive performances for the first-team."

Cameron collected his trophy at the Blackpool FC Academy awards, which saw 18-year-old midfielder Mark Waddington named Academy Player of the Year.

Waddington, who is currently recovering from a metatarsal injury, made his first-team debut against Shrewsbury earlier this season, before going on to make a further four appearances.

"Mark is the perfect role model for what we want from an academy player, he works hard, has ability and is the last off the training pitch every day because he wants to learn," Academy Manager Ciaran Donnelly explained.

"Hopefully the others players in the lower age groups look up to him and aspire to win this award in the future by showing the same dedication."

The evening, which was held at Bloomfield Road, also saw manager Lee Clark make a speech about the importance of youth players, on the back of a season that has also witnessed first-team debuts for Dom Telford and Bright Osayi-Samuel, as well as places on the bench for Myles Boney and Luke Higham.

"The manager keeps telling me that they've been a shining light in a difficult season, which is pleasing," Kyle admitted. "Some of them are in double figures for appearances so they've shown that they can cope at this level and they can go onwards and upwards from that experience.

"It just inspires everybody in the academy to see that lads are getting a chance at this club. Hopefully there will be plenty more in the future," he added.
Award Winners:

Chris Muir Memorial Trophy (Youth Team Player of the Year) - Henry Cameron
Academy Player of the Year - Mark Waddington
Players' Player of the Year - Luke Higham
Blackpool Gazette Young Player of the Year - Dom Telford
Academy Coach of the Year - Jamie Milligan 

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