Centre of Excellence could make a comeback

This Is Local London: Jordon Ibe came through the Wanderers Centre of Excellence before moving to Liverpool Jordon Ibe came through the Wanderers Centre of Excellence before moving to Liverpool

WANDERERS' Centre of Excellence is likely to be re-introduced if plans to sell a controlling interest in the club are voted through.

The previously much-heralded academy - which produced the likes of Matt Phillips, Jordon Ibe and Roger Johnson - was closed due to financial limitations when the Wycombe Wanderers Trust first took ownership of the club in June 2012.

But it's hoped it can be re-established with greater investment - which the Trust hopes can come from the proposed sale of a 75 per cent stake in the club.

The Trust said this week any reintroduction is likely to be made on a phased basis, staring with the establishment of a development group that would feed into the first team squad.

No fewer than eight members of the current first team squad came through the Wanderers youth set-up and selling young players has long been seen as a vital way of raising money for the club.

Kortney Hause was the most recent youngster who came through the system to be snapped up by a higher graded club after signing for League One Wolverhampton Wanderers on the last day of the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee.

Charles Dunne moved to Blackpool for £250,000 in August before rejoining Blues on loan, while Matt Ingram and Anthony Stewart have both been tipped to make the move up the football ladder.

The Trust has also said there is the possibility it could buy back the club's training ground, which was sold and leased back last year.

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