2 of the Isle of Wight’s most promising teenage footballers, Jake Wright and Ryan Hughes, have left Newport IW FC to join Southern League Premier Division South side, Gosport Borough.
Jake Wright, 17, is an attacking midfielder who has played for the Newport first team since the age of 16. His older brother, Lewis, joined Cowes Sports from Newport last season.
Jake previously played for Portsmouth academy between 8 and 14-years-old.
Gosport manager, Shaun Gale, has said:
“He was brought to my attention by a good friend, who I have worked within football before on the Isle of Wight. He was at Portsmouth as a young lad and had been playing in Newport’s first team while only being 17-years-old.
“I spoke to a few others about him, and I was impressed by him, plus he played in the trial game and was excellent on the day.
“We’re trying to get the best youngsters and at 17-years-old he showed maturity and is used to playing against men, I think the kid has got a bright future ahead of him.
“I won’t be surprised if he is around our first team. This will be a new challenge for him to step up to the next level, with no disrespect to the level he has been playing at.”
Ryan Hughes is a full-back who has played for Newport since making his first-team debut at the age of 16. Ryan has now made 70 appearances for the Port, as well representing the Isle of Wight.
Manager, Shaun Gale, who watched Ryan at a practice game, said of the Isle of Wight youngster:
“I was impressed and did well going forward; he has a great engine on him. He has played about 70 games for Newport’s first team, and he’s only 18-years-old, which is impressive for a youngster to do in men’s football.
“He’s training full-time with the men’s team so if he’s doing well there is no reason for him not to be knocking on the first team. I like his attitude and desire to work.”
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Both Jake Wright and Ryan Hughes were members of Whitecroft & Barton’s Isle of Wight Division 1 championship-winning team.
There appear to be no hard feelings from the Newport club about the talented youngsters going across the Solent to play for a team higher up the league pyramid.
A spokesperson for the club said via Twitter:
“Good luck lads.”