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Joe Sullivan (left), Dominic Elsey-McHugh (center), Conor Harwood (right) have all signed full time contracts with the club.

Academy scholars sign full time contracts

Date Published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 - 9:37am

Connah's Quay Nomads are pleased to announce that the trio of Conor Harwood, Joe Sullivan and Dominic Elsey-McHugh have all signed full time contracts with the club.

Harwood joined The Nomads Academy four seasons ago at U15 level and made his first team debut in 2016 against Airbus, to become the first ever millenium-born player to play in the Welsh Premier League. In January 2018, Conor was named as the Welsh Colleges U18 captain for the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament, having been named as the Player of the Tournament in 2017.

Joe Sullivan joined the club two years ago from the TNS Academy and has been an ever-present in the centre of midfield for both the academy and scholarship teams, making his first team debut against Denbigh Town in the Welsh League Cup in 2016, and also experienced a great spell on loan at Brickfield Rangers last season.

Dominic Elsey-McHugh originally started with The Nomads as an U11 player before gaining a contract at Stoke City before returning to The Nomads at U15. Again, an ever-present fro the U19 and Scholarship teams last season, McHugh turned in a number of man-of-the-match performances from the left wing and was named in the first team squad on a few occassions towards the end of last season.

Director of Football Jay Catton said "The three players have been model student athletes on our Scholarship programme in partnership with Coleg Cambria which has seen all three gain qualifications whilst on the course. All three have gained honours not only within the club, but at international level and are great adverts of what can be achieved for all aspiring young footballers. The trio being their one year deals this week with the first team squad who begin their Europa League preparations.

I must also congratulate Kevin Manley and Tom Dix who worked with the players for five years along with Daniel Reece and Iain Bennett who coached all three on the scholarship programme over the last 12 months. Like any success for players in any academy, the coaches play a key role and we are so lucky to have such a great group of coaches within our setup, aiding the next generation of young talent."



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