Academy is the Future

With under age teams ranging from under 9 to under 19 there is a clear aspiration at NCAFC to attract and enhance the very best of local talent to The Showground’s. Having come through the ranks from under 15, under the guidance of Micky Morgan, Johnny Elliott, Robbie Irwin and Barry Treanor. Shealan Fegan is the latest prospect to emerge from the Academy structure securing the Newry U16s Top Goal Scorer award last year and rewarded with a request from manager Darren Mullen to join preseason training with the senior team making his debut as a substitute in the friendly against Annagh Utd..“Shealan Fegan is one of a number of young players at the club who have the potential to play first team football. Whilst we have made some very good signings this summer we will need a constant supply of youth players coming through the ranks. This is needed not only to make the club sustainable but it’s to give local lads the best possible opportunity to play for their home town club. Shealan has been given that opportunity in the game against Annagh and he certainly didn’t look out of place. Hopefully he can continue to improve with the help of the youth coaches at the club and his appearance can only encourage other youth players at the club to work harder.”


Name: Shealan Fegan

Age: 15

Position: Striker

Previous Clubs: Midway Utd and Camlough FC

Achievements: U12 Carnbane Cup, U13 Clare Cup, Newry U16s Top Goal Scorer 15/16 and that’s about it.

What Footballer do you look up to and why? I would say Theirry Henry, because he’s a striker I’ve watched for years and try to play similar to the way he did.

What is it like to be involved with the First Team Pre-Season? It has been a great experience for me to be involved with the seniors as it has been a challenge playing with and against good players which I have really enjoyed. It has also been great getting to know all the senior players and the management.

What are your hopes for the future? My hopes for the future is to play for Newry in the top flight of the Irish League, nothing is better than pulling on the blue and white jersey and representing your local club.