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Bloomfield happy to help Wanderers youngsters
MATT Bloomfield says he’s happy to help youngsters left without a club after Wanderers’ Centre of Excellence closed last week.
Scores of young players aged from eight-18 years old who used the centre now have to look elsewhere to play their football, and around 30 members of staff face redundancy.
Bloomfield said that while the decision to close the centre – which has produced players of the calibre of Matt Phillips, Jordon Ibe and Kadeem Harris – is regrettable, it was made with the club’s best interests in mind.
And the Wanderers PFA representative said he’d do all he can to help advise the youngsters on what to do next.
He said: “I feel desperately sorry for the lads who’ve missed out – I know how I’d have felt being that age. There’s some really nice lads and I do feel for them.
“I haven’t spoken to any of the lads since last week. I’m not entirely sure what the situation is. They’ve got my number, my door’s always open. Some of them came to me for advice last year and I won’t be short in doing so again.”
Bloomfield added: “Football isn’t easy these days. It’s not easy to stabilise the club and they have to do everything they can to make sure it continues.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for the club to make. It was with the best interests of the club at heart and it wasn’t taken lightly.
“The club’s going through changes and I daresay there will be more, but I’m looking forward to next season.”