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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

Scotland's Euro Dreams in Safe HandsNeil AlexanderRangers' highly-rated keeper, Neil Alexander says the country's goalkeeping talent could be the key to restoring Scottish international pride.For the Tartan Army faithful, the disappointment was all too clear. Their worst fears confirmed as Scotland joined Spain and the Czech Republic in Group I - the 'Group of Death' at the Euro 2012 draw.Craig Levein's arrival has brought with it renewed optimism North of the border. But his brave new world will begin with a baptism of fire against two of the giants of European football.However Glasgow Rangers' Neil Alexander believes his countrymen stand a genuine chance of success - especially with Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor in the squad."There's no doubting we face an uphill task in qualifying for Poland and Ukraine. But in Gordon and McGregor, we've got two goalies who are amongst the finest in Europe, says the 31-year old keeper."Craig has everything, the physique, the presense and the technique. He produced some terrific performances for Scotland in the last campaign and he's getting more experienced all the time."There's some good young keepers in the SPL, but if he stays fit, I can see Craig being Scotland's number one for the next 10 or 12 years.INTERVIEWEuro 2012 qualifying groups:Group A:Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, AzerbaijanGroup B:Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, AndorraGroup C:Italy, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe IslandsGroup D:France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, LuxembourgImage courtesy of Rangers FC