The future of League Two – defenders

League Two, two words that every football league chairman dreads and a lot of football supporters, but my job this season will be changing opinions on League Two and sharing with you an exciting and passionate League.

My name is Dan Johnson (@danjohnson6) I’m a Swindon Town fan and have been writing about Swindon’s fortunes of the last four seasons, and despite being relegated to League Two this upcoming season is one I can’t wait to finally get started.

Over the next 10 months of League Two football I will be bringing you a short and simple overview of how things are shaping up in the league and a supporters eye view of life in League Two.

Today we look at the best young defenders in League Two; then we’ll be looking at the best young talent in midfield followed by the best up and coming strikers in the League.

Last week we had a look at the best young goalkeepers, this week as I’ve mentioned we will be looking at defenders and not from just one position but from all across the back four.

So, look out for these names this season in League Two:

5. Matthew Tootle is another player to come from the famous Crewe youth system under Dario Gardi that has produced talent like Dean Ashton, Danny Murphy and David Platt.

After spending two years in Crewe’s youth team and making a big impression he made his first team debut in November 2009.

Since then he’s made over 70 first team appearances and has established himself as the clubs first choice left back and will be an important player this season.

He has been recently rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at Crewe till 2013.

4. Scott Doe started his career in excellent company playing alongside Theo Walcott at AFC Newbury youth team & Swindon Town youth team.

While Theo moved on to Southampton Scott stayed at Swindon and stayed for seven years before being released in 2007.

After his release he joined Weymouth and after a successful two-year spell he left the club due to financially reasons and joined Dagenham & Redbridge.

Ever since joining Dag & Red he’s been part of the most successful team in the clubs history and achieved promotion to League One in 2010.

In 2010 he was runner up in the clubs player of the season and has also played for the England C Team in 2009.

3. Luke O’Brien is a real success story from Bradford’s youth setup, After making his debut in 2007 at the age of 18 he hasn’t looked back, and has made over 120 first team appearances.

In the 2008/09 season O’Brien collected an amazing six awards for his outstanding season at left back, collecting all four player of the season awards.

With Luke being a home grown player I can imagine his number one target will be to help Bradford out of the football league basement division but with his talent growing each season even that loyalty can be tested, don’t rule out seeing Luke playing at a higher level soon.

4. Paul Caddis began his career at Celtic and captained the under 19s before being moved to the first team for the 2007/8 season.

Apart from a short loan spell at Dundee United he was at Celtic for 3 years making 17 appearances including a start in the Champions League against Barcelona in 2008.

In August 2010 Caddis made a permanent move to Swindon Town with his Celtic team-mate Simon Ferry.

After a slow start to his Swindon career he made a big impact on the right hand side in defence and attack and will be a huge part to Swindon’s promotion bid.

1. Curtis Nelson started his career at Stoke City but after not breaking into the first team was released and was picked up by Plymouth in 2010.

After making a big impact in the reserves manager Peter Reid included Curtis in a few squads in 2009/10 but it was last season when his talent started to shine though.

Last season Curtis made 36 appearances and even though Plymouth had a nightmare season on and off the pitch Curtis was one of the few success stories,

He was rewarded recently with an England under 18 call-up in April and is expected to be a key player this upcoming season.

By Dan the fan – Swindon Town fan – @danjohnson6 


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One Response to The future of League Two – defenders

  1. Joe (Oxford) says:

    Nice post, was half expecting Harry Worley to make the list however I suppose you don’t want to post about an Oxford player (or that these 5 are actually better, but I am going to believe the first one ;))

    I’m looking forward to next week as I enjoyed both this and last weeks. I am very much expecting Josh Payne to make the list 😉

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