Hartlepool United agree deal with former Sunderland academy youngster Marley Boyce to join youth team programme
Former Sunderland academy forward Marley Boyce has agreed to join Hartlepool United’s youth team set-up.
The teenager will join Pools’ youth programme in September 2021 as he enrols on a BTEC Sports Coaching course at the Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Since leaving Sunderland’s academy after two years in 2018, Boyce has been playing Sunday League football. He will continue to play for his current club Boro Rangers for the remainder of this season before joining up with Pools.
Pools lead youth phase coach Ian McGuckin told the club website: “I am delighted to have him joining the programme, everyone I’ve spoken to about Marley has said he has an excellent attitude and work ethic put that alongside his football ability and it’s a really exciting prospect.”
And first team manager Dave Challinor added: “Marley is hopefully the first of many to enrol for the programme for next year.
"To get recruitment up and running at this stage is a huge positive and I’m sure others will follow suit.
"The structure looks different but the objective of providing a pathway for local talent to make their way into our first team still remains.
"The relationship with Hartlepool College will I’m sure be a positive one, we have good people involved on both sides and I’m sure everyone will benefit and the programme provided will rival anything else in the area and not only improve players as footballers technically, tactically, physically and psychologically but more importantly round them as individuals to move in and be successful in their lives.”