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Ex-Blues kids can shine with Seagulls

Gus Poyet has challenged Albion new boy Anton Rodgers to overcome a lack of physical stature and eventually push for a Championship place.

Midfielder Rodgers and his former Chelsea Academy colleague Ben Sampayo, both 18, have joined the Seagulls’ development squad for next season.

They join coach Luke Williams’ collection of bright prospects after reaching the end of contracts at Stamford Bridge and are both seen as longer term projects.

Dagenham-born right-back Sampayo featured on trial for Albion Reserves in the Combination last season and midfielder Rodgers played in a friendly against Birmingham City.

Rodgers joined Chelsea as an under-13 and is the son of Swansea manager Brendan, whose side take on Reading in today’s Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Although he is only 5ft 8ins, Rodgers junior has qualities Poyet admires and the Albion manager believes he can make the grade if keeps continues to progress.

Poyet told The Argus: “I know Anton is a technically very gifted player.

“He is not the biggest but we can develop him here.

“The higher you go up the league, the more difficult it becomes if you are a small player, like Dennis Wise or Aaron Lennon.

“Smaller players need to be one of three things. They need to be very strong and clever like Dennis or very quick like Aaron or be very technically gifted.

“If you don’t have one of those things you have problems. Even if you have got a bit of pace and a bit of strength and a bit of technique, you’ve got no chance.

“Anton is a midfielder who likes to be in control of the ball. He moves, he changes position, he keeps the ball and he plays forward.”

Albion recently offered a new deal to lightweight development squad midfielder Ryan Simmonds, who was let go by Aston Villa because they deemed him too small.

Rodgers and Sampayo will be targeting places in the first ever match at The Amex when Albion’s development squad take on Eastbourne Borough in the Sussex Senior Cup final on July 16.

The Seagulls have revealed they are holding back about 2,000 tickets for sale on a match-by-match basis when the Championship campaign gets under way, despite selling out of season tickets.

They urge fans eager to buy a season ticket for next or a future season to join the waiting list by emailing customerservices@bhafc.co.uk as soon as possible.

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9:54am Mon 30 May 11

mark by the sea says...

from this statement, gus is taking academy standard players and giving them a chance.. when we have our own academy it will take 5-7 years to really produce players.. i recently had the fortune to speak with a really top youth coach in Andy Richie, ( not the ex albion player) he was the one who developed Bale and Walcott.. plus another half dozen quality players.. he is the standard of staff the club require.. however i hear Steve Gatting ( Arsenal under 16 coach ) is on the list to run the academy? thats the coaching not management side.. fantastic work done in 20 months by gus, and his staff.. from a shocking set up to a real prospect of producing quality players for the championship and above exciting times are here!
from this statement, gus is taking academy standard players and giving them a chance.. when we have our own academy it will take 5-7 years to really produce players.. i recently had the fortune to speak with a really top youth coach in Andy Richie, ( not the ex albion player) he was the one who developed Bale and Walcott.. plus another half dozen quality players.. he is the standard of staff the club require.. however i hear Steve Gatting ( Arsenal under 16 coach ) is on the list to run the academy? thats the coaching not management side.. fantastic work done in 20 months by gus, and his staff.. from a shocking set up to a real prospect of producing quality players for the championship and above exciting times are here! mark by the sea
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10:37am Mon 30 May 11

Captain Haddock says...

Yes there's a very definite (and busy) project to recruit young talent that missed out at top academies and still have a chance to succeed.

Well done Gus!

This will probably prove to be a fruitful venture in the short to medium term and help ensure the plan to play passing football from seniors right down to juniors in a uniformly attractive style will work.
Yes there's a very definite (and busy) project to recruit young talent that missed out at top academies and still have a chance to succeed. Well done Gus! This will probably prove to be a fruitful venture in the short to medium term and help ensure the plan to play passing football from seniors right down to juniors in a uniformly attractive style will work. Captain Haddock
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10:39am Mon 30 May 11

Captain Haddock says...

Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark?

Or is mum the word anyway?!
Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?! Captain Haddock
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11:19am Mon 30 May 11

mark by the sea says...

Captain Haddock wrote:
Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?!
he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?![/p][/quote]he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club! mark by the sea
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11:27am Mon 30 May 11

Yogi says...

Good item Mark.

Nathan Tyson available apparently, though might be a bit pricey.
Good item Mark. Nathan Tyson available apparently, though might be a bit pricey. Yogi
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2:28pm Mon 30 May 11

doc lynam says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Captain Haddock wrote:
Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?!
he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club!
Really interesting bit of news, thanks Mark. This is a perfect time for any club to be building an academy from scratch when everyone is on the same page after a master-class by Barcelona.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?![/p][/quote]he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club![/p][/quote]Really interesting bit of news, thanks Mark. This is a perfect time for any club to be building an academy from scratch when everyone is on the same page after a master-class by Barcelona. doc lynam
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4:28pm Mon 30 May 11

goldstonefan says...

Just imagine, if he wasn't so small, Lionel Messi would have been great!
Just imagine, if he wasn't so small, Lionel Messi would have been great! goldstonefan
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5:33pm Mon 30 May 11

beanyeye says...

I think Maradona at 5ft 5ins put an end to any thought that you had to be tall to be good - ok an out-stretched arm can help!
I think Maradona at 5ft 5ins put an end to any thought that you had to be tall to be good - ok an out-stretched arm can help! beanyeye
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8:03pm Mon 30 May 11

falmer seagull says...

Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Archie Gemmill, Gordan Strachan spring to mind as other successful vertically challenged footballers. From Albion, Eric Potts, Nobby Lawton, Brian Tawse. If you are good enough size does not matter, unless you play for Stoke!
Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Archie Gemmill, Gordan Strachan spring to mind as other successful vertically challenged footballers. From Albion, Eric Potts, Nobby Lawton, Brian Tawse. If you are good enough size does not matter, unless you play for Stoke! falmer seagull
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10:09pm Mon 30 May 11

hubby says...

Tony Towner,Brian Powney,Peter Ward,Sammy Lee,Bryan Flynn.
Gus is a smart guy.
He's seen that the day of the clogger is on the way out.
Tony Towner,Brian Powney,Peter Ward,Sammy Lee,Bryan Flynn. Gus is a smart guy. He's seen that the day of the clogger is on the way out. hubby
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10:53pm Mon 30 May 11

Bish May Turn says...

Ronnie Corbett.......
Ronnie Corbett....... Bish May Turn
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12:40am Tue 31 May 11

Captain Haddock says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Captain Haddock wrote:
Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?!
he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club!
Cheers for that, Mark.

Sounds interesting.




Other short masters o the game include Paul Scholes (he's tiny!) and Gianfranco Zola.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: Is this Richie fella still at Saints and / or interested in the role at Albion by any chance, did he say Mark? Or is mum the word anyway?![/p][/quote]he is now doing a management course within the FA. also scouting for his ex boss Malcolm Alias at fulham.. and doing bit for chelsea also. but from reading between the lines, having the chance to be at the ground level with brighton appealed to him. he did say the club are going for the set up! which coming from someone like him can only mean good things ahead for this club![/p][/quote]Cheers for that, Mark. Sounds interesting. Other short masters o the game include Paul Scholes (he's tiny!) and Gianfranco Zola. Captain Haddock
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