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My Youth Career: Liam Coogans

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Liam Coogans is one of the hottest young prospects at Airdrieonians. Since making his debut back in March 2013, Coogans has made a huge impact at a young age of sixteen already having made nineteen appearances for the Diamonds - netting three goals in that time. During last summer there was even talk comparing him to Tony Watt and speculation that Celtic youth boss Chris McCart was running his eye over the sixteen year old and was impressed with what he seen. 
For now though Coogans is staying with Airdrieonians and is part of there new Youth Development Pathway apprenticeship scheeme. Along with four other players from Airdrieonians, Coogans is on a two year full time contract which will see him train with French side Edusport Academy.
Airdrieonians director Chris Ewing, owner of Edusport Academy said "We're delighted to welcome the boys into the Edusport Academy.
"The players will benefit from fantastic facilities and top UEFA Coaching on a daily basis, which will undoubtedly help their development. Being part of the Academy will also enable the players to develop a 'full time' professional mentality.
Recently I had the chance to have a quick chat with Coogans and ask him a few questions about his youth career and how he is enjoying his new full time role at the club.
Which Clubs did you play for in your youth career before Airdrie?
Before Airdrie I played for  Aston Villa BC, Blantyre Victoria, EKFC Gold and also had trials for Hibs, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.
Who have been some of the best players you have played with and against so far?
With there is a few. Playing alongside, I would say Paddy Boyle, Martin Hardie and David Sinclair. Against it has to be Lee Wallace or Lee McCulloch from Rangers.
Who has been your favorite coach to play under?
Jimmy Boyle because he gave me my chance in first team and had the faith in me, I would like to thank Jimmy for everything he has done for me.
Who is your favorite pro footballer at the moment?
Wayne Rooney.
How do you thing you have developed since joining Airdrieonians?
I feel I have became a better all round better player since I've joined Airdrie by getting more experience after moving up from Under 17's to first team. Also due to Jimmy Boyle's coaching, management and advice and when I moved up to 19s the manger Stevie Findlay was great with me so I have a lot to thank him for as well.
Your also part of Airdrie's new Youth Development Pathway scheme which means you are full time with the Club, how are you enjoying that and have you started training with the French side EDU sport yet and if so how are you finding that?
 I have been training with the Edusport for six weeks now. I feel it has helped me with my fitness and it's a great chance for me. The coaching staff have be terrific , giving me advice and I have been very impressed by training and also the standard of facilities.

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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