Apprentice of the year nomination for Pools’ Walker

Hartlepool's Bradley Walker in action against York City. Picture by Frank Reid.
Hartlepool's Bradley Walker in action against York City. Picture by Frank Reid.
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BRAD Walker’s season continues to get better and better.

Hartlepoool United’s teen sensation has been nominted as Sky Bet League Two’s apprentice of the year.

Last year, Luke James won the League One apprentice of the year award and boss Colin Cooper is thrilled that Walker has been shortlisted.

Walker has enjoyed a meteoric rise - being plucked from the youth team last summer and becoming a League Two regular as well as winning a place in the England U18 Development squad.

“To have consecutive nominations for this award is brilliant for the club,” Cooper said.

“Brad has already had some pats on the back but this is another massive one.

“I keep saying it that this club should be very proud of what we are producing.

“These two young men are very proud and happy to be playing for Pools.

“They are playing in the first team as well, Brad’s only 17 and Luke’s not long turned 19.”

Walker is one of three teenagers on the shortlist, along with Plymouth Argyle left-back Ben Purrington and Portsmouth centre-half Jack Whatmough.

Cooper views all three as worthy nominees but, not surprisingly, had special praise for the Billingham youngster.

“Brad has had his nomination not only after jumping from the youth side to the first team but he’s catapulted himself into the England Under 18 development squad,” Cooper said.

“The England people have been very impreseed with him, both as a techncally-gifted young footballer, but also a really grounded, humble young man.”