THE next generation of prospective players were formally introduced to life at Swindon Town on Wednesday at an induction evening hosted by academy boss Alan McLoughlin and U18s manager David Farrell.

McLoughlin and Farrell narrated a presentation that highlighted what Town’s rising stars can expect from their two-year scholarship at the club, and how to apply themselves professionally both on and off the pitch.

Twelve teenagers have been selected for the process, namely Thomas Moore, Adam Coombs, Anthony Lynn, Louis Rendell, Max Whitfield, Harry Parsons, Will King, Chris Francis, Ollie Crosby-Clarke, Miles Littlechild, Kai Storr and Olly Case.

Several of the youngsters are homegrown Swindon talents, while the others call neighbouring town’s Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Chippenham, Corsham and Faringdon home.

All players will be a part of David Farrell’s side that will tackle the EFL Youth Alliance South West league.

Bristol Rovers visit Chippenham’s Stanley Park grounds for the opening game of the season on Saturday, August 3, before ties against Newport, Oxford and Yeovil round off the month.

Having the opportunity to interact with his new players’ parents was key for Farrell, who enjoyed the induction occasion.

He said: “They do it a bit different at Swindon Town – the induction evening and photos after help to get everyone on the same playing field, which is great.

“You coach the boys every day and put a lot on them, it’s good the parents have been through the induction as well.

“There will be tough times during the season, and the youngsters will be able to refer back to this moment. Their parents know what to expect and the harsh times were explained to them.

“They’re prepared for what is ahead of them, and the parents can be on their side because they know what to expect as well. The induction is a great idea, I really like it.

“It’s great to mingle with the parents and find out what makes them tick.”

Excitement, anticipation and pride dominated feelings among players and their closest relatives upon signing fresh contracts at the County Ground.

But Farrell emphasised that the team’s hard work must start now – and he expects rapid development.

He added: “It’s a two-year scholarship, but it’s less than that in many ways because decisions are made before that time is up.

“They have to hit the ground running. They will be behind physically, but by training every day they will show rapid improvements.

“They will be eating more and sleeping more – and that’s because they will be working hard every day.

“It’s performances we are looking for.

“That’s what gets them to the next stage. Technical improvements and tactical stuff will follow later.

“Hopefully they will get a sniff at first team training.”