Date: 16th July 2015 at 2:26pm
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Colchester’s youth teams have produced plenty of talented youngsters over the years, none more so than the past year or so, with second-year scholars Cameron James and Tariq Issa signing long-term professional deals to hopefully follow them.

Four-year contracts were confirmed on the Official Website earlier this week as they bid to break into Tony Humes’ first-team.

Previous proves if these teenagers are good enough they’ll be old enough, as that saying goes!

Last season alone, including the likes of Sammie Szmodics and Frankie Kent, players that have come through our academy amassed a combined appearance amount of 122-matches between them in the first-team, which is impressive by the standards of anyone.

17-year-old Cameron has been with the U’s since the age of nine breaking into the U21 side last season. The defender, who has also been used in midfield, has already been involved in the first-team for our pre-season friendlies this summer.

Fellow 17-year-old prospect Tariq didn’t arrive until a few years later but has still been with the club since he was 12, also featuring at U21 level but a regular at U18 level. The forward has had some injury issues but is still highly rated with his future likely to be bright too.

I’m not sure they’ll be in our first-team this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were someone else’s though having been sent out on loan, but sooner or later I’d anticipate seeing them in Humes’ side.

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