Josh Rees was been one of the stand-out performers in Steve Bould's Under-18s last season.

The industrious midfielder emerged as one of the most consistent players in the youth ranks, adding seven goals and forcing his way into reserve-team contention.

Josh enjoyed his best run of goals in February, notching five in as many matches, incuding his first second-string goal against Aston Villa at London Colney.

Bould has previously hailed the 18-year-old's ability to be in the right place at the right time - and Josh demonstrated that time and again.

The Hale End graduate has predominantly featured in a more central position this season but is equally capable of playing on the right side of midfield or at right back.

SOUNDBITE
“I have been playing with the likes of Nico since I was eight or nine so I am so happy when people like him, Ozzy, Chuks and Iggy get their chance in the first team like they have this season. Hopefully I will have a good pre-season and see if I can force my way into the boss's first-team plans.”

FINEST MOMENT
Josh's openeing goal against Coventry in March was one example of his growing attacking prowess. The young midfielder was on hand to finish off a wonderful team move with a neat curled effort into the top corner.

JOSH REES 2011/12 SEASON STATS
Appearances Goals
Premier Reserve League 3+8 1
Premier Academy League 13+3 6
FA Youth Cup 1 -
Total 17+11 7
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