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22SPRING 2010takes a look at the stars of the future While Elliot Parish is still waiting in the wings at Aston Villa, he's already had plenty of international experience. England's Under-20 World Cup campaign in Egypt last summer may not have gone according to plan, but Parish was hailed as one of the stars of the tournament. He was first choice in all of their group games, and although the side only managed 1 draw and 2 defeats, the 19-year-old earned plenty of praise. "I played for England Under-16s, and then there was a big gap before getting a call-up to the Under-20 squad completely out of the blue," he says. "I traveled away with the squad as third choice but ended up playing every game. "It was a great experience and despite not making it to the knockout stages, I really enjoyed it. "Obviously you want to win every game, but I was happy with my performance"Parish has now been with Villa for over 11 years. He joined the club at 8 and has risen through the academy ranks. This season he's become a regular for the reserve team, but he's realistic about the next step. "A few of the lads I've grown up with and played with have already had first team experience," he goalkeeper it's different, I'd imagine it'll be quite a few years down the line before I get the chance, you just need to be patient and keep working hard"And for Parish that Friedel may be 39, but shows no signs of retiring just yet, and behind him is a solid second choice with 25-year-old Brad Guzan. While most players would feel frustrated by the quality ahead of them, Parish sees it as an advantage. "In terms of 2 keepers above me, you couldn't have anybody better," says Parish "As a young keeper working with Brad Friedel there's nobody better in my opinion, he's been there, done it and is very willing to help out. He's a really nice guy, he's as good as you can get. "Brad Guzan is another really top bloke, he's really bubbly. "If you arrive in the morning and feel a bit down you only have to talk to him for 5 minutes and you feel much better."Scotland Under-21 keeper, Alan Martin, began his career coming through the ranks at Motherwell. In June 2007 he left Fir Park before making his first team debut. There had been interest from Rangers, but when the call came from Dennis Wise, the then Leeds manager; there was only one direction he wanted to go. So a dream move - but not Elliot ParishAlan Martinexactly a great time to be arriving at Elland Road. "When I signed they had just come out of administration and there was the points deduction," says the 20-year-old. "But even with all that going on there was a brilliant atmosphere at the club and I AGE: 21HEIGHT: 183cmWEIGHT: 76kgGLOVES: Sells WrapBOOTS: Nike LegendsINSPIRATIONAL PLAYER: Peter SchmeichelCLUB SUPPORTED: CelticBIGGEST INFLUENCE: My familyFAVOURITE BAND/ARTIST: OasisALAN MARTINsays. "But for me being a could mean working hard for a number of years to come. First choice Brad AGE: 19HEIGHT: 189cmWEIGHT: 83kgGLOVES: Sells Wrap Axis SubzeroBOOTS: Umbro SX ValorINSPIRATIONAL PLAYER: Peter SchmeichelCLUB SUPPORTED: ChelseaBIGGEST INFLUENCE: 3 coaches - Seamus McDonagh, Eric Steele and Andy QuyFAVOURITE BAND/ARTIST: Kings of LeonELLIOT PARISHbackpage imagesAston Villa FC / Neville Williams

SPRING 201023knew it was the right move." At the start of last season with limited opportunities in the first team, it was decided he would go out on loan to Barrow in the Blue Square Conference. "I absolutely loved my time at Barrow, I still talk to the manager and have stayed in touch with some of the players." And his time at Barrow will certainly be remembered by the fans following a man of the match performance against Middlesbrough in the third round of last year's FA Cup. It ended in a creditable 2-1 defeat for the non-leaguers."It was unbelievable; going out to play in front of 26,000 gave me a taste of what it would be like to play at the highest level." After a successful season with Barrow, Martin returned to Leeds and despite going on pre-season tour with the first team was loaned out again - this time to League Two and Accrington Stanley. "For me it's much better than playing reserve-team football, it's nice to be going out onto the pitch knowing every game counts." He was recalled in October and despite being selected in the first team squad for a number of games this season, he admits his debut could still be some time off, he said: "I don't think it'll come this season, if we get promoted early maybe the gaffer will give me a chance."Not many Fulham fans have seen Wes Foderingham play, but those who have believe they've seen a star in the making. The 19-year-old has been at Craven Cottage since the age of 9 and has risen through the ranks.He's keen to continue his progress and that would appear to be away from Fulham temporarily. "I'm looking to go out on loan now," he says. "Training is all well and good but you need to play competitive games to develop - that's ultimately what's going to make you a better keeper. "I just want to get out and play games -I need to try and make that transition from youth football to first team football." Foderingham has continued to impress throughout his time at Fulham. He trains regularly with the first team and that means working alongside Mark Schwarzer, a player league, week in week out he's been exceptional for Fulham," Foderingham says. "Around the training ground he's fantastic, he gives you plenty of advice on how to adjust your game. "He also gives you confidence when you're training with him as he's good at giving out praise. "He's a big friendly giant!" It's not just at Craven Cottage where Foderigham has caught the eye; he was part of the England Under-17 squad that played at the World Cup in South Korea and at the European Championships in Israel. Despite his obvious potential he has a very realistic outlook and is fully aware of the need to be patient. "As a goalkeeper you peak later than other players, usually your best years are after the age of 30 as you break into the side a lot later" he says. "You get the odd exception like Joe Hart, which is great to see, but usually you have to graft away in the lower leagues and work your way up. "It's later in your career before you make it in the premier league."He may only be 16, but Swindon's Jamie Stephens has already caught the eye of one top premiership side. Stephens recently spent 5 days training with the academy at Liverpool and will continue to be monitored by the Merseyside club. "It was an amazing experience," says Stephens. "The Academy has fantastic facilities and they have so many staff, everyone is so polite and it's a really friendly place."After being watched by Liverpool scouts, the opportunity came about due to Swindon manager Danny Wilson's friendship with Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, who is now their Academy Ambassador. It was a great opportunity for Stephens and he certainly feels he didn't let himself down. "I think I did quite well. The other keepers of my age group are technically very good, but I was pleased with how I coped."After training with the academy, on the final day he went to the first team's Melwood training ground. There he got the chance to train with first-team goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero and Diego Calvalieri, Pepe Reina's deputy. "I found that very hard, high intensity and very With a club like Liverpool showing future. "I'm going to complete my 'A' levels and if I don't make it as a footballer id like to be a lecturer like my mum. She lectures geography."Editors note: This highly regarded keeper may have to put his teaching career on ice!!he obviously admires and respects. "For me he's one of the best in the premier AGE: 19HEIGHT: 185cmWEIGHT: 75kgGLOVES: Umbro Hension Pro DPSBOOTS: Umbro SX ValorINSPIRATIONAL PLAYER: David JamesCLUB SUPPORTED: Newcastle UnitedBIGGEST INFLUENCE: My DadFAVOURITE BAND/ARTIST: DrakeWES FODERINGHAMtechnical but I really enjoyed it." interest, it would be easy for a young player to get carried away; however Stephens is taking nothing for granted and remains realistic about the AGE: 16HEIGHT: 190cmWEIGHT: 82kgGLOVES: Sells Wrap Axis AquaBOOTS: Nike CTRINSPIRATIONAL PLAYER: Gianluigi BuffonCLUB SUPPORTED: Forest GreenBIGGEST INFLUENCE: My parentsFAVOURITE BAND/ARTIST: Bloc PartyJAMIE STEPHENSJamie Stephensbackpage imagesWes Foderingham