‘Stoke trio selected for Jamie Vardy Academy

The club would like to extend their congratulations to Dan Bayliss, Sam Deadfield and Sam Smart who have all been selected to the Jamie Vardy V9 Academy in June. All three will remain under contract with Basingstoke while taking part in a five day residential course at the Etihad campus, home of Premier League champions Manchester City.

They will be evaluated technically, tactically, physically and mentally before leaving the Academy with their own individual development plan to help further progress their game. The V9 Academy will also be filmed by Sky Sports for a documentary

England striker Vardy set up the V9 Academy with the aim of helping talented non-league players achieve their dreams of playing at the highest possible level after working his own way up from playing in the 8th tier of English football with Stocksbridge Park Steels to play for England and win the Premier League with Leicester.

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