Current Professional Players

Shropshire Schools & Colleges past players currently playing professional football within the Premier and Football Leagues

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JOE HART (Meole Brace School)

Joe Hart attended Meole Brace School and was a member of the Shropshire Under-16 team which reached the Final of the English Schools Inter-County Trophy in 2002/03, losing to Sussex at Leyton Orient FC. He made his Shrewsbury Town First Team debut in the Nationwide Conference against Gravesend & Northfleet in April 2004 and his Football League debut in April 2005 against Notts County. In 2006 he was transferred to Manchester City, from where he enjoyed successful loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City. Joe played for England at several different levels and was in the England Under 21 Squad that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championships in 2007 and the final of the European Championships in 2009. From Season 2007-08 he made himself the regular first choice for Manchester City before making his full international debut at the end of the season in England’s match against Trinidad & Tobago.

He has so far won two Premier League winners medals with Manchester City (2011-12 and 2013-14) and has 75 full caps for his country to add to his 6 U19 caps and 21 U21 caps. He also has an FA Cup winners medal from 2011.  In the Summer of 2016, Joe opened a new chapter in his career when he joined Italian Serie A side Torino on loan. In the Summer of 2017, Joe joined fellow Premier League side West Ham United on a season long loan. In the summer of 2018 following the conclusion of his loan spell Joe joined Burnley for a fee in the region of £3.5m. At the end of the 2019/20 season, Joe left Burnley after making 19 appearances in all competitions, after Burnley decided against extending his contract. In the Summer of 2020, Joe joined fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. On 3rd August 2021, Joe joined Scottish Premier League side Celtic on a three year deal. He made his Celtic debut two days after signing in a 4-2 win away at Czech side FK Jablonec in the Europa League.

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ELLIOTT BENNETT (Thomas Telford School)

Elliott was born in Telford and attended Thomas Telford School. On leaving school he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and made two League Cup appearances for the club. He spent time on loan at Crewe and Bury, but in August 2009 he joined Brighton and Hove Albion. In 2010-11 he had a very successful season scoring 8 goals and assisting with over 20 as Brighton clinched promotion to the Championship. He was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for 2010-11. Elliott joined Norwich City in June 2011, where he has regularly appeared in the Premier League. After an injury in season 2013-2014 and Norwich`s subsequent relegation Elliott is a key figure in the Canaries bid for promotion from the Championship during 2014-15. He was sent out on loan twice during the later stages of his Norwich career; to Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City. On January 5th 2016 Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers on a two and a half year deal. After impressing in his first two years at the club Elliott signed a new two and a half year deal in November 2018. After making 178 appearances for Blackburn, where he scored 8 times, Elliott left Blackburn Rovers to join League One side Shrewsbury Town on a one year deal. Elliott made his debut in the first league game of the season, a 1-0 loss at home to Burton Albion.

SAM MORSY (Thomas Telford School)

Sam joined the Port Vale youth set-up in 2008, having been released from the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy. Winning on his debut in February 2010, he turned professional at the club in the summer. He established himself in the first team picture in 2010–11, after which he was given a two-year contract. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13 before joining Chesterfield in July 2013 where he played for the club in the 2014 final of the Football League Trophy. He also helped them to win the League Two title in 2013–14 before moving on to Wigan in January 2016 from where he was loaned to Barnsley. Sam made his international debut for Egypt (eligible through his father) in August 2016 coming on as a substitute against Guinea. Sam has featured three times for his country and was a part of the team that has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He was a substitute in the 2-1 win over Congo that secured their place at the World Cup. In June 2018, Sam was named in Egypt’s World Cup squad and made his World Cup debut in the opening group game coming on as a substitute. On his return to Wigan Athletic at the end of his loan spell at Barnsley he was announced as the new club captain for the 2017/18 season. In December 2018, Sam signed a new two and a half year deal at the club. At the end of the 2019/20 season, Sam was voted as Wigan’s player of the season by fans after receiving 42% of the votes. In the Summer of 2020, Sam moved to Middlesbrough on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. Four days later, he made his Middlesbrough debut in the EFL Cup in a 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley. After spending a year at Middlesbrough, where he played 31 times, Sam made the move to League One side Ipswich Town in August 2021, where he signed a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. In October, Sam was named club captain. In the 2022/23 season he led the club to automatic promotion to the Championship following finishing Runners-Up to Plymouth Argyle. He was named in the League 1 team of the season for 2022/23 alongside his team-mates Conor Chaplin and Leif Davies.

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CONNOR GOLDSON (Thomas Telford School)

Connor is a defender who can play at either right back or in the centre of the defence. He attended Thomas Telford School before signing professional forms with Shrewsbury Town in May 2010. Connor made his debut as a substitute in a 5-1 away victory at Lincoln in February 2011. A highlight of his fledgling career up to now must be his solid performance against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Third round of the 2011 Carling Cup. Connor has been a regular for Shrewsbury in their fight against relegation from Division One during the 2013-14 season. In the 2014/2015 season he won promotion into League One as Shrewsbury Town’s captain, before earning a move to championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in August 2015. Connor made his first appearance against Ipswich in 2015 where he came on as a substitute. He then scored his first goal for the club on the 4th April when he scored an equaliser in a 2-1 comeback victory over Birmingham City. Connor was an influential figure in the Brighton side that won promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. Connor then went on to make his Premier League debut when he played 90 minutes against Watford in December 2017. In June 2018, Connor moved to Rangers on a four year contract for a fee in the region of £3m and made his competitive debut on July 12th in a 2-0 home win against Fk Shkupi in the qualifying round of the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League. Since signing for the club, Connor has been an ever present fixture in the Rangers starting line-up.

ROSS DRAPER (Thomas Telford School)

Ross attended Thomas Telford School and started his football career as a trainee at Shrewsbury Town. The young midfielder had spells at Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town before joining Macclesfield Town in July 2009. He made his debut in the 0-0 draw away to Northampton Town the following month and later in August 2009 scored his first league goal in the 2-2 draw against Morecambe. Ross attracted national attention in August 2011 by scoring from the halfway line in a 4-0 victory against Hereford in League Two. Ross is currently playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League. Draper went on to play 170 games, scoring 14 times over a six year spell at the Scottish Club. Then in August 2017, Ross went on to move to another Scottish team as he signed for Ross County. After making 84 appearances in which he scored 3 goals, Ross was released by Ross County at the end of the 2020/21 season. In the summer of 2021, Ross signed for Scottish League One side Cove Rangers. Ross made his debut in he first fixture of the season, a 1-1 draw at home to Falkirk. In September 2021, Ross joined Scottish League Two side Elgin City on loan where he has since made 5 appearances. Following his loan spell, Ross joined Elgin City on a permanent basis.

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JACK PRICE (Sundorne School)

Jack attended Sundorne School in Shrewsbury and has been at Wolverhampton Wanderers from a young age. He made his debut in the 2013-14 League One championship winning season and has since flourished in his midfield role. In September 2014 Jack was loaned to League One Yeovil Town in order to gain further first team experience but returned to become a fans favourite and an important member of the Wolves midfield. Jack spent seven years at the West Midlands club before leaving for America in January 2018 where he signed for MLS side Colorado Rapids. In his first season for the MLS side he made 31 appearances, scoring 1 goal. Jack has remained an ever present fixture in the Colorado Rapids team. At the end of the 2019/20 season when Tim Howard retired, Jack was given the captiancy at the club. In March 2020, Jack signed a new deal until 2022 with the option of a further year. At the end of the 2023 season Jack announced that he was leaving Colorado Rapids having made 123 appearances and scoring 2 goals over a 5 year spell. Jack is currently a free agent.

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CALLUM BURTON (Adams Grammar School)

Callum has represented  England at Under 16, 17 and 18 level.  He is a goalkeeper who signed for local club Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2013. Loan spells with Market Drayton, Workington, Nuneaton and Southport have played an important part in his development and he is a member of Shrewsbury Town`s first team squad. Callum spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan at AFC Telford United. In July 2017, Callum was sold to Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee and signed a one year deal. In November 2017 he signed on a one month loan deal at Conference North side Salford City. On 24th August 2018, Callum joined Conference side Chesterfield on loan until 16th January and made his debut the following day in a 1-0 home defeat to Barnet. Following his loan spell at the club, Callum received his first matchday call-up on 10th March 2018 where he was an unused sub in the 4-3 home win against Norwich City. Later that month he signed a new one year deal. At the end of the 2018-19 season, he was released by Hull City. Then on 28th June it was announced that Callum had moved to League 2 side Cambridge United on a two year deal. Since joining the club Callum has made 10 appearances for the club. On May 17th 2021, Callum was released by Cambridge after making 35 appearances and helping them achieve promotion to League One. Callum signed for fellow League One side Plymouth Argyle in June 2021. Callum made his Plymouth debut in the League Cup 1st round tie away at Swansea City, in which they were defeated 4-1.

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Morgan Gibbs-White (Thomas Telford School)

Morgan was another player to come off the Thomas Telford production line. Morgan joined Wolves at 8 years old. Gibbs-White made his professional debut at 16, when coming on as a second half substitute in a FA Cup tie against Stoke City in which they won 2-0. He went on to represent his childhood side 68 times. In August 2020, Morgan signed a new 3 year deal at Wolves before joining Championship side Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season. He would only make 5 appearances for the club before returning to wolves after fracturing his foot. Morgan would go out on loan again for the 2021/22 season where he joined Championship side Sheffield United on a season long loan. He would go on the play 35 times for the side, scoring 11 times as the club reached the Championship Play-Off semi final. On 19 August 2022, Gibbs-White moved to Nottingham Forest, signing a five-year deal, for a reported club record transfer fee of £25 million with another potential £17 million in add-ons. He scored his first goal for the club on 5 November 2022 in a 2–2 home draw with Brentford. On 28 May 2023, Gibbs-White was voted Nottingham Forest player of the season. Morgan has represented England from U16-U21 level. He was part of the U17 World Cup side that won the tournament in 2017 and was also apart of the U21 Euro’s side that won the competition in 2023.

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HARRY LEWIS (Meole Brace)

Harry has represented England at Under 16 and U18 level and is another promising goalkeeper from both Meole Brace School and Shrewsbury Town FC.  He signed professional forms for his home town club in the summer of 2014 following another excellent season captaining SSCFA.  In August 2015, he made the switch to Premier League club Southampton on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.  Harry has established himself as The Saints U23 goalkeeper and has become a regular substitute the first team. He made his debut, aged 19, in the FA Cup game away to Norwich City FC on January 7th 2017. The game finished 2v2 and Harry was again selected for the replay in which he kept a clean sheet before making his third appearance in the cup against Arsenal. In July 2017, Harry signed a new three year with Southampton before joining Scottish Championship side Dundee United on a season long loan. He made his debut later that month in a 3-0 victory in the Betfred Cup against Buckie Thistle. Since then Harry has gone on to be ever present in the Dundee squad and has become a firm fans favourite at the club. In May 2022 it was announced that upon the expiration of his contract he would leave Southampton and join League 2 side Bradford City. Harry went on to play 72 times for Bradford City. In January 2024, Harry moved to League 1 side Carlisle United on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

NIALL ENNIS (Thomas Telford School)

In November 2015 Niall, another prospect from the Thomas Telford production line, agreed a three year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers that will come into effect when he turns 17. Niall is already an England under 17 international and has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea. In the summer of 2017, Niall joined Shrewsbury Town on a season long loan and made his debut in an away League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest. Then in September he suffered a long term injury so his loan was terminated and returned to his parent club. On 5th February 2019, Niall made his first team debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers as a second half substitute in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town. On 2nd August 2019, Ennis signed a new contract at Wolves that would run until 2022. He was then loaned out to League 1 side Doncaster Rovers. Niall scored his first senior goal on the 24th August in a 2-1 home win over Lincoln City. Following his loan spell where he made 28 appearances and scored 6 goals, Niall returned to parent club Wolves. On 18th January 2021, Niall moved to League one side Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee and signed a two and a half year deal. He scored on his home, league debut in a 2-2 draw against Accrington Stanley. Niall made 38 appearances scoring 12 times as Plymouth won promotion to the Championship following winning the League 1 title. On 26 May 2023, it was announced Ennis had signed a four-year deal with Championship side Blackburn Rovers, with the deal including an option for a further year. Ennis linked up with Blackburn upon the expiration of his contract with Plymouth Argyle on 30 June 2023. He scored on his debut for Blackburn in a 4-3 win over Walsall in the EFL Cup on 8 August 2023. Ennis made 11 appearances for Blackburn Rovers before making the switch to fellow Championship side Stoke City in February 2024 for an undisclosed fee, where he linked up with his former Plymouth Argyle Manager Steven Schumacher.  Since making the switch he has made 3 appearances, scoring 1 goal.

HARRY BURGOYNE (Ludlow School)

Harry was born in Ludlow and attended Ludlow School, joining Wolverhampton Wanderers as a goalkeeper at an early age. He has progressed through their U18, U21 and U23 age groups and has enjoyed loan spells with Lowestoft FC, Corby Town FC and AFC Telford United FC. These proved to be the springboard to Harry’s first team career enabling him to make his league debut in the Championship game at home to Fulham FC in December 2016. Harry has played a handful of EFL Trophy and league games to date and promises to be yet another goalkeeping prospect from Shropshire. Harry then featured for Wolves in a FA Cup success at Anfield in 2017. Then on 25th February 2017 he joined Barnet on a seven day emergency loan and made his debut later on that day in a 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United. In June 2018, Harry joined League One side Plymouth Argyle on a season long loan. In December 2018 his loan was terminated by mutual consent. Then in January 2019, he joined Scottish Championship side Falkirk on loan until the end of the season. After playing 15 times for the Scottish club he returned to parent club Wolves. In January 2020, after spending 12 years at the club, Harry departed to Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer. Harry has since made 22 appearances for the club.

AUSTIN SAMUELS (THOMAS TELFORD SCHOOL)

Austin is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. He has been with Wolves since he was 8 years old. He has been capped for England at U16 level making 4 appearances and scoring 2 goals. On 10th October 2020, Austin joined League Two side Bradford City on a season long loan. After making 12 appearances, Austin returned to Wolves. In August 2021, Austin made a season long loan move, which includes an option to buy, to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. Austin made his Aberdeen debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Ross County on the 29th August 2021. Austin went on to make 7 appearances before having his loan cut short in January 2022. On 30th January 2022, Austin left Wolves permanently to join Scottish championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he signed an 18 month contract. Austin signed a new contract in June 2023, he has made 37 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals.

CALLUM JONES (NORTH SHROPSHIRE COLLEGE)

Callum was studying at North Shropshire College as part of the TNS Youth Academy set-up before joining Bury’s Youth Academy. Following his departure in 2019 Hull City came calling in the October 2019. Callum signed his first professional contract at the club on 17th October 2019. He made his professional debut for Hull City in a 2-0 away win against Gillingham on September 12th 2020. Callum has also been capped once for Wales U18’s. In June 2021, Callum joined newly promoted League One side Morecambe on a season long loan. Callum made his Morecambe debut in the 2-1 League Cup win away at Blackburn Rovers. Callum made 11 appearances for Morecambe scoring 1 goal in his time there before parent club, Hull City, recalled him on the 18th January 2022. Callum also spent a month on loan at League 2 side Grimsby Town. On 30 June 2023, Jones signed for recently relegated League Two club Forest Green Rovers on a season-long loan deal. Callum has made 16 appearances, scoring 1 goal in the process.

DYLAN WILLIAMS (Thomas Telford School)

Dylan is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. He came through the ranks at Wolves before moving on to Championship side Derby County. Dylan made his Championship debut as a second half substitute in a 2-0 defeat away at Birmingham City on August 10th 2021. Dylan went on to make 6 appearances in Wayne Rooney’s side before he made a move to Premier League side Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

TAYLOR GARDNER-HICKMAN (Thomas Telford School)

Taylor is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Taylor has progressed through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion, a club he joined when he was 7 years old. He made his professional debut for the club on 25th August 2021 when he started in the 6-0 EFL Cup Second Round defeat to Arsenal. Since then Taylor has gone on to make 5 appearances for West Bromwich Albion. He made his Championship debut on 3rd November 2021 starting at Right Wing-Back in a 1-0 win over Hull City. On 30 December 2021, Gardner-Hickman signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2026. Gardner-Hickman scored his first senior goal on 15 October 2022 in a 2-0 win at Reading. On 22 August 2023, Hickman joined Bristol City on a season long loan with an option to buy. In December 2023, Gardner-Hickman was voted Bristol City’s November Player of the Month, receiving 49% of the votes. On 15 January 2024, the club announced that they had exercised their option to buy and Gardner-Hickman had joined the club on a three-and-a-half year contract. On 25 March 2022, Gardner-Hickman made his England U20 debut in a 2-0 defeat to Poland in Bielsko-Biała.

Ryan Mclean (Thomas Telford School)

Ryan is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Ryan as a youngster was apart of Shrewsbury Town’s academy set up before being released. He would go on to play in the Northern Premier League Division 1 South-East side Newcastle Town. In June 2021, McLean joined Hereford permanently for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract with the club. Despite being offered a contract extension with Hereford, McLean signed for League 2 side AFC Wimbledon in June 2023, for an undisclosed fee. n his first professional appearance, McLean scored in stoppage time during an EFL Cup first round match against Coventry City, securing a win for Wimbledon and earning the team a second round fixture at Chelsea. In October 2023 he joined National League side Kidderminster Harriers on loan until the end of January.

Chem Campbell (Thomas Telford School)

Chem is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Chem came through the academy at Birmingham City before making the switch to Wolves. Campbell made his professional debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers, on 30 October 2019 in a 2–1 defeat against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup. Campbell made his Premier League debut as a second-half substitute in 1–0 loss away to Newcastle United on 8 April 2022. In January 2023, he moved to League 1 side Wycombe Wanderers on loan until the end of the season, where he played 17 times scoring 3 times. In August 2023, Chem joined League 1 side Charlton Athletic on a season long loan, where he featured 12 times scoring 2 times before being recalled in January 2024. He has since been loaned back to League 1 side Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season. Chem has also represented Wales at U17 Level.

Zac Ashworth (Thomas Telford School)

Zac is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Zac joined West Bromwich Albion aged 10. He signed a 2 year professional deal in July 2021. He made his senior debut coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 FA Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on 8 January 2022. He made his league debut for the club on 30 April 2022 as a half-time substitute for the injured Conor Townsend in the 1–0 win at Reading. On 6 July 2022, Ashworth then signed a new three-year contract with West Bromwich Albion, keeping him at the club until 2025. On 17 January 2023, Ashworth joined League One club Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season. On 20 July 2023, Ashworth joined League One club Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan. He scored on his debut for Bolton in a 1–0 win over Barrow in the EFL Cup on 8 August 2023. Zac has represented Wales U21’s 5 times

Ryan Barnett (Thomas Telford School)

Ryan is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Ryan came through the academy at Shrewsbury Town which he joined in 2007. He signed a 2 and a half year deal in February 2017 whilst still a first year scholar. Ryan made 8 appearances for Shrewsbury over his time with the Shrews. Whilst at Shrewsbury he had loan spells at AFC Telford United, Gloucester City and Solihull Moors. In May 2021 it was announced that Ryan would be leaving Shrewsbury, he then went on to sign for Solihull Moors on a 2 year deal. Ryan made 73 appearances for Solihull before being signed by Wrexham in February 2023, where later on that season he would achieve promotion to League 2 following their title success.

DEXTER LEMBIKISA (Thomas Telford School)

Dexter is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Dexter joined the Wolves Academy aged 13. In November 2021 he signed his first professional contract with the club. He made his professional debut with Wolves as a late substitute with Wolves in a 1–0 EFL Cup tie with Leeds United on 9 November 2022. On 27 July Lembikisa joined EFL Championship side Rotherham United on loan. He scored his first senior goal in the 2–1 win against Norwich City on 2 September 2023. Lembikisa was then loaned to Scottish Premiership club Hearts in January 2024. He made is debut for Hearts on 23 January 2024, playing 90 minuets and scoring in a 3-2 win over Dundee. Dexter has also represented Jamaica 7 times.

Jack Hinchy (Redhill Primary)

As a youngster Jack attended Redhill Primary School in Telford where he would study until the age of 10 before he moved to Manchester. He joined the youth setup at Stockport County. Jack signed his first professional contract with the club in February 2021. In August 2021, Jack would move to Premier League Side Brighton & Hove Albion. He made his senior debut for the Albion a year later on 24 August 2022, replacing Tariq Lamptey in the 80th minute of the 3–0 EFL Cup second round victory over League One side Forest Green Rovers. On February 1st 2024, Jack joined League 1 side Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.