PROMISING Southend United goalkeeper Dan Confrey has been named in the Wales under 15 squad.
Confrey has been selected in an 18 man squad for two games against Poland at the end of the month.
And the Shrimpers’ head of youth Ricky Duncan was delighted for the youngster to receive international recognition.
“Dan been on training call ups with Wales and to have another goalkeeper getting an international call up like this is brilliant for the academy and all the people who work with him,” said Duncan.
“He’s someone who has worked hard and is pushing on so we’re all really pleased to learn he’s been called up for the games.
“It’s something for him and us all to be proud of and it will be another real learning curve for him.”
Confrey is one of two goalkeepers in the squad and his call up comes after another talented Shrimpers shot-stopper, Harry Seaden featured for England’s under 16 side against Spain.
And Duncan is pleased with the goalkeeper’s progress.
“Every time Harry comes back from being with England he’s even more positive and upbeat which is great,” said Duncan.
“He’s mixing with top, top kids at his age-group and it can only enhance his game.
“He’s been playing for the under 18s since he’s been back, he saved a penalty at Plymouth and we’re really pleased with him.
“He’s coming on well and becoming a more confident lad but all of these young keepers can see there’s a pathway because Josh (Bexon) and Nathan (Bishop) have been in and around the first team recently and Ted (Smith) has been playing too.
“The programme and the way we work benefits our goalkeepers and it’s why we get this kind of recognition.
“Terry Mason, Paul Smith and Reece Ottley have all been fantastic and that’s why these kids get these opportunities along with their talent.”