Isthmian North: Barking academy director Mick O’Shea delighted for former scholar Lamar Reynolds after move to Newport County
PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 July 2017
Ex-Blues winger moved to League Two club from Brentwood Town last week
Barking academy director Mick O’Shea has spoken of his pride at seeing one of his former scholars, Lamar Reynolds, make it into the Football League.
Reynolds, 21, last week joined League Two side Newport County from Brentwood Town of the Isthmian North.
It was at Barking, though, were the winger started his career, coming through the academy before going on to represent the first team.
And O’Shea says that everyone associated with the club is delighted for Reynolds after moving across the border to join the Exiles.
“I dropped Lamar a text after his move to wish him well and he deserves his chance,” said O’Shea.
“Look at his record for Brentwood last season, he missed a few months, but still got over 20 goals.
“He keeps in touch with everyone at the club and we’re all pleased for Lamar to get the move he deserves.
“He’s worked hard to improve aspects of his game and that has certainly caught the eye of a few clubs.
“He’s had a few trials with various clubs in the Football League over the past few years, but this is his chance now and he can reap the rewards.
“It’s great for our academy to see someone who came in at 16 to go on and realise his dream.”
Reynolds is not the only player to have come through the Barking academy under O’Shea and gone on to make an impact.
In the Blues’ current first team, there are plenty who have come through the youth system at Mayesbrook Park, and O’Shea is equally proud of their achievements.
“Ricky Tabard have been brilliant since stepping up to the first team, as has Timi Abiola,” he added.
“Billy Rix is another to have done well after coming through our academy while Luke Foster was with Lamar at Brentwood last season.
“It’s great to see these guys put all the distractions in the local area to one side and concentrate on developing themselves as footballers.”
• Anyone wishing to join the Barking academy should call Mick on 07762 636015.