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Six Academy players have signed new contracts as the club continues to feel the benefits of its player pathway. 

At the end of a season where an average of 6.5 Academy players have been included in the first team matchday squad and the Under-23s have reached the Professional Development League semi-finals, the next crop of homegrown players have committed to life in BS3.

Defenders Callum Wood and Jamie Knight-Lebel have signed three-year contracts, goalkeeper Mac Boyd has a two-year deal while midfielders Tommy Backwell and Omar Taylor-Clarke and forward Seb Palmer Houlden have each been awarded a one-year contract.

With 172 first team appearances from Academy graduates, including Sam Bell, Ayman Benarous, Tommy Conway and Max O'Leary, manager Nigel Pearson is encouraged by the pathway under the directorship of Brian Tinnion. 

Pearson told Robins TV: "One of our aspirations as a club is to produce home grown talent who make it into our own team. The success of some of those youngsters this year coming through into the first team gives us greater impetus with how our Academy is structured because our young players get opportunities if they are good enough.

"I know Tinns (Brian) is very keen for us to be aligned so that people understand what we are trying to produce. It's very important that we do produce home grown talent and we are on the same page in terms of how we operate as a club so hopefully the future remains very bright for us."


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TOMMY BACKWELL 

The 18-year-old Bristol born-midfielder has been at City since the age of 15, playing at both Mangotsfield and Southampton beforehand. The Young Robin received a six-month deal until the end of the current campaign and has now signed a one-year deal that keeps him at the club until June 2023.

MAC BOYD  

The 17-year-old goalkeeper has signed a new two-year deal that sees him stay in the West Country until June 2024. The Exeter-born player has been with the Robins since he was 14 and now has put pen to paper to extend his stay.

JAMIE KNIGHT-LEBEL

The 17-year-old Canadian youth international has signed a three-year deal which sees him at the club until June 2025. When the defender made the move to England from Canada when he was nine, he played for his local club Frenchay. He also played alongside fellow team-mate Backwell in a two-year stint at Southampton before joining the Robins at 14. 

SEB PALMER-HOULDEN

The 18-year-old Bristolian has signed a new one-year deal extending his stay at the club until at least June 2023. The forward has been at the Robins for 10 years, joining at the age of eight, and has been a regular in the Under-23s this season. 

OMAR TAYLOR-CLARKE

The 18-year-old Newport-born midfielder has signed a one-year deal that keeps him with the Robins until June 2023. He joined the club at Under-13 level from Cardiff City and has featured in the Under-23s squad this season.

 

CALLUM WOOD

The Hereford-born defender and second year professional has put pen to paper on a three-year contract that keeps him at City until June 2025. The 19-year-old has previously played at West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City Academies before playing Non-League football at 16 for Cinderford Town where he was spotted by City and joined in 2021. Earlier this season, the Wales Under-19 international went on loan to Bath City, where he played 14 times. 


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