Saints snap up 12-year-old star

Dan Bartlett

Dan Bartlett

First published in Saints News

HOT prospect Dan Bartlett has signed a new four-year contract with Saints.

The 12-year-old put pen to paper before Saints’ 3-1 win over champions Manchester City earlier this month.

Dan went to the match with his mother Debbie, father Grahame and twin brother Joe.

The family had dinner at the ground and met man of the match Jay Rodrigues.

Although predominantly a midfielder, Dan has excelled as a striker and a defender during his time with Saints.

He trains at the Premier club’s Staplewood ground three nights a week and has a day-release from school on Fridays before playing on Sundays.

Dan, a Broadstone Middle School pupil in Bournemouth, started his football career at six-years-old with Corfe Mullen United under-sevens team. He made 21 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

The following season he joined Greenfields and his performances were brought to the attention of scouts from Saints, Chelsea, Portsmouth and Cherries.

He trained for all the clubs before finally concentrating on Saints.

Dan played for the Saints academy’s under-9s in the 2008-09 season.

The following year, Dan was top scorer with 46 goals.

Full story in today's Daily Echo

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7:52am Sat 23 Feb 13

worried of n e hampshire says...

put him on the bench tomorrow and bring him on when we are 3 or 4 up!
put him on the bench tomorrow and bring him on when we are 3 or 4 up! worried of n e hampshire
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8:19am Sat 23 Feb 13

petethephantom says...

already a winner
knocked backed pompy and chelsea for saints..... can see a good thing when he sees it

C O Y R
already a winner knocked backed pompy and chelsea for saints..... can see a good thing when he sees it C O Y R petethephantom
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8:56am Sat 23 Feb 13

Clever Dick says...

The scouts from Chelski, B'muff and the Mighty Saints were professionals. The scout from the Skunts was a boy scout from their ever diminishing crowd.
The scouts from Chelski, B'muff and the Mighty Saints were professionals. The scout from the Skunts was a boy scout from their ever diminishing crowd. Clever Dick
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10:29am Sat 23 Feb 13

Folkestone Saint says...

Clever Dick wrote:
The scouts from Chelski, B'muff and the Mighty Saints were professionals. The scout from the Skunts was a boy scout from their ever diminishing crowd.
Maybe but he would have made their bench at least today, then showed them how to play. Welcome aboard Dan, I look forward to cheering you onto the pitch one day.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: The scouts from Chelski, B'muff and the Mighty Saints were professionals. The scout from the Skunts was a boy scout from their ever diminishing crowd.[/p][/quote]Maybe but he would have made their bench at least today, then showed them how to play. Welcome aboard Dan, I look forward to cheering you onto the pitch one day. Folkestone Saint
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10:50am Sat 23 Feb 13

dadofmy3sons says...

Another bright prospect to join a system that is constantly bringing young lads through.
A look through the squads playing throughout the leagues this weekend and we can see many players who have benefitted from the Academy.
It is the special ones who take the eye and get the headlines.
We are producing more than just stars, there are supporting players who are making a good living because of their training with Saints.
It is always tempting to ask for young players to be put into the first team, but this procss has a timetable and learning from being in the squad and training is as important as playing the actual games.
JWP is a good example of this, he is getting good coaching and a place on the bench to appear in games later on. He doesn't need to be thrown in at the deep end, we have enough players to be able to ease him into set-up.
Aston Villa have a problem because they do not have enough fit experienced players and are having to rely on youth. This is the problem Saints had when Portaaloo was managing and all the youth were used and only 2 or 3 survived, Adam, Spider.
Our U21 team is the proving ground and I am certain that there are future stars coming through, but it is easier to step up to a succesful team and play in squads that are used to success. Buying good quality players to help the youth team is parrt of the process.
Another bright prospect to join a system that is constantly bringing young lads through. A look through the squads playing throughout the leagues this weekend and we can see many players who have benefitted from the Academy. It is the special ones who take the eye and get the headlines. We are producing more than just stars, there are supporting players who are making a good living because of their training with Saints. It is always tempting to ask for young players to be put into the first team, but this procss has a timetable and learning from being in the squad and training is as important as playing the actual games. JWP is a good example of this, he is getting good coaching and a place on the bench to appear in games later on. He doesn't need to be thrown in at the deep end, we have enough players to be able to ease him into set-up. Aston Villa have a problem because they do not have enough fit experienced players and are having to rely on youth. This is the problem Saints had when Portaaloo was managing and all the youth were used and only 2 or 3 survived, Adam, Spider. Our U21 team is the proving ground and I am certain that there are future stars coming through, but it is easier to step up to a succesful team and play in squads that are used to success. Buying good quality players to help the youth team is parrt of the process. dadofmy3sons
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2:35pm Sat 23 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Looking at the Tweets it appears that the Under 18s won 3 0 away to Everton today.
Looking at the Tweets it appears that the Under 18s won 3 0 away to Everton today. OSPREYSAINT
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5:48pm Sat 23 Feb 13

joelster says...

more than a bright prospect they mentioned him on the BBC last year!!!
more than a bright prospect they mentioned him on the BBC last year!!! joelster
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7:03pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Pooley says...

I heard some time ago that Saints were scouting for someone from the Broadstone area but I heard he was at Poole Grammar. Maybe the same kid.
I heard some time ago that Saints were scouting for someone from the Broadstone area but I heard he was at Poole Grammar. Maybe the same kid. Pooley
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9:43pm Sat 23 Feb 13

hedge end bob says...

In the full story in the Echo it says he cant wait to lead LIVERPOOL out as their captain. Do we really need young boys that when they have been coached by us cant wait to get away???. We have had those already.
In the full story in the Echo it says he cant wait to lead LIVERPOOL out as their captain. Do we really need young boys that when they have been coached by us cant wait to get away???. We have had those already. hedge end bob
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9:31am Wed 27 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

NIGEL ADKINS
NIGEL ADKINS Alicesdad
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9:32am Wed 27 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

He's 12 ... don't let the BBC anywhere near him
He's 12 ... don't let the BBC anywhere near him Alicesdad
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