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Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy Class of 2017 – where are they now? Including ex-West Ham prodigy Blair Turgott and Stevenage striker Danny Newton

  • October 10, 2019
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So you can bet there are a large number of people in England who have the huge dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Unfortunately it’s not easy to make it and becoming a professional in the nation’s favourite sport is a pipe dream for most of us.

The scouting system does usually whittle out those who are good enough but there are some players who just haven’t got that break that their talents deserve.

However, stories like Jamie Vardy gives all aspiring footballers hope that they can go from the bottom to winning the Premier League and representing your country at major tournaments.

Vardy started his career at non-league side Stocksbridge Park Steels – juggling that with a job in a factory.

He then went to Halifax Town before getting signed for Fleetwood Town.

The striker then moved to Leicester City in 2012 which was his big break as four years later he reached the pinnacle of English club football by winning the Premier League with the Foxes in incredible fashion.

This new-found success for Vardy led to him opening up his V9 Academy – an academy specially designed for non-league players, who were in the same situation he was once in, to get a chance at signing a pro deal.

And in 2017, the 42 successful applicants for V9 were given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of scouts from England and even some from Europe in the hope of becoming ‘The Next Jamie Vardy’, which was the name of the Sky Sports documentary recording the progress of the players at the academy.

There were a number of V9 success stories and just over two years on, talkSPORT.com has had a look at seven players who got pro contracts after attending Vardy’s academy and how their careers have gone since.

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