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Blue kid on the block - Wes Harding

Posted: Wed 14 Aug 2013

The latest Blues Academy product in the spotlight is centre-back Wes Harding.

Full name: Wesley Nathan Hylton Harding.
Date of birth: 20 October, 1996.
Position: Centre-back.

What school did you go to? Beauchamp College.
What was the first team you played for and were they any good? Kingsway Rovers and no.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it? Wes or Wezza.
How were you spotted by Blues? Through them watching me at other clubs.
How long have you been at the club? Eight months.
Who has been the biggest influence on you since joining the club? Steve Spooner.
What are your strengths as a player? Speed and heading.
If you could improve one part of your game what would it be? My technical ability.
What would be a successful 12 months for you now? To be starting regularly and getting far in the FA Youth Cup.
How much interaction do you have with the first team? A lot.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Be careful off the pitch.
What boots do you wear? Adidas Adipures.
Are you any good at any other sports? Basketball and athletics.
What other non-footballing sportsman do you most admire? Basketball player LeBron James and sprinter Usain Bolt.
Tell us something about you we wouldn’t know? I've represented Leicestershire and Rutland in athletics.
What is your favourite pre-match meal? Beans and egg on toast.
Who is the most skilful player you have played with? Danny Crowley (An England youth international who joined Arsenal in the 
Who is your best friend in football? Sam Deadfield.
Do you use Twitter?If so, what is your Twitter name? Yes. It's @mrwesleyharding.
Which team did you support as boy? Arsenal.
What is the best goal you have ever scored? It was a volley from the halfway line vs. Cardiff City.
Who do you think is the best footballer in your position? Thiago Silva.
What is the most memorable match you have played in? My first match at six years of age.

Academy team-mates
Best trainer? Josh Cogley.
Quickest? George McGee.
Best banter? George O'Neill.
Hard man? Reece Webb.
Biggest joker? George O'Neill.
Most skilful? Demarai Gray.
Worst haircut? Callum Preston.
Best dressed? Josh Cogley.
Biggest moaner? Charlie Cooper.
Future manager? Jake Weaver.