Airbus UK Broughton this evening face a Wolverhampton Wanderers Development Squad at the Airfield (7.30pm) in what will complete a whirlwind year for Youngster Jake Cassidy.
Cassidy first come to the attention of the Wingmakers whilst playing representative Football for the North Wales Coast Squad against North East Wales at Buckley Town`s ground in late 2009 , Cassidy was then watched a number of times for Llandudno Junction before Airbus Director of Football Craig Harrison and Stewart Roberts Commercial Director invited Jake and his father to the Airbus Reserves Horace Wyn Cup Final where discussions took place for Jake to join the Wingmakers on a contract in pre season.
It was refreshing to hear Jake and his Dad talk about opportunity to play a higher standard of Football and money was never a thought that crossed either of the Cassidy`s minds- Jake was determined he could play Welsh Premier Football and agreement was reached.
What happened next was the stuff of fairytales for the youngster and his family as Jake grabbed the bull by the horns and went through Pre Season getting stronger and stronger with goals against the likes of Everton, Wrexham , AFC Fylde and Droylsden - news was out that Airbus had uncovered a gem, a gem that had been nutured at different levels with rep squads and at tier 3 of Welsh Football, people like Shane Cartwright and Chris Morrell had played a part, but it was at the higher level that Jake had expoded onto the scene with scouts beginning to flood into the Airfield it was enevitable that Cassidy was destined for big things.
With a few enquiries being made it was decided at Airbus UK Broughton that Andrew Thomas (Assistant) would discuss Jake with Steve Weaver and alert him to the interest being shown in Jake, and Weaver agreed to have a look at Jake during a week long trial at the Wolves training ground, Cassidy was picked up by Thomas and Roberts and driven to Wrexham`s Racecourse ground where Weaver was in attendance for the Wrexham v Stoke City Friendly and Cassidy was whisked away for his trial.
After doing well on his week`s trail the feedback from Wolves was very good and a request was made for Cassidy to feature in Wolves friendly v AFC Telford which was duly granted. Harrison Thomas and Roberts attending the games as did Jake`s father Chris and after 20 mins or so Jake had picked up the ball on the half way line, drove towards goals beating a number of Defenders before striking a powerful drive into the bottom corner much to the delight of Wolves fans at the New Bucks Head. It wasnt long before the Airbus contingent were up in the Hospitality box for the remainder of the game speaking with Wolves CEO Jez Moxey about Wolves growing interest in the youngster.
The next 10 days was a delight for Roberts Harrison and Thomas as they travelled back and forth to Compton to discuss the terms of Cassidy`s sale to the Premiership team, and despite late interest from at least 3 other Premeirship teams and after discussions with the Cassidy family it was agreed that the way Jake had been treated and the way in which Richard Skirrow (Wolves Secretary) and Weaver and Mick McCarthy had taken Jake under the wing that Wolves was the best place for him to continue his development.
Fees were agreed and Jake`s personal terms were agreed and after a medical it was announced that Jake would join the Premiership Team only 2 months after his first pre season session with the Wingmakers. A 2 year deal with an option for the a third on Wolves behalf had propelled Jake into dreamland, but such is the level headed demeanour of the youngster it all seems to have been taken in his stride.
International Honours soon followed for Jake in the U19 and U21`s and 1 year on it seems as though Jake is now at a point where he is ready to kick on to the next level, lots of work would have been done to improve his Physique and Stamina along with Power and the 18year old is expected to go on a score goals at a very good level, whether that is by breaking into McCarthy`s plans or indeed going out on loan to further his development in the Football League.
Jake will be keen to show all at the Airfield this evening that he has improved no end and he and his family and friends along with the excellent staff at Wolves will be given a very warm Airfield welcome as part of the deal that took Jake to Molyneux..
What a Story for the youngster from North Wales and what an experience for the Welsh Premier League team`s staff to enjoy.
Airbus UK Broughton Director of Football Harrison will be looking to close in on his line up for the start of the season in the next couple of games as the Wingmakers continue against the Wolves and tonight`s team and subs will be chosen from the following Squad
1. Niki Lee Bulmer 2. Callum Hawthorne 3. Danny Taylor 4. Rees Darlington 5. Matty Woodward 6. Gavin Cadwallader 7. Tommy Holmes 8. Ryan Edwards 9. Eddie Hope 10. Glenn Rule 11. Mark Cadwallader 12. Ian Sheridan 13 Craig Whitfield 14. Mike Hayes 15. Mark Jones 16. Paul McManus 17. Lee Jones 18. Gareth Owen
Pic: Cassidy scores against AFC Telford last pre season (wolves.com)