The reader was keen to point out that Jake is a former Waiuku talent who came up through the age groups and “had to leave the area to further his skills.”
He returned to Waiuku a few years ago, and last season he captained the Franklin Under 19 side – a team that saw several players return to the Franklin Area from playing outside the region.
Obviously this is in response to my post of a couple of weeks ago which highlighted Waiuku’s departure from Franklin United and some of the reasons why this occurred. One of the key concerns Franklin sceptics hold is a perception that the use of player payments to bring so-called mercenaries into the first team last year ran contrary to the raison d’être of the joint venture.
The other week I tried as hard as I could to not take sides in this dispute. You might think me a coward for sitting on the fence but I have valued friends on both sides of it and I don’t see any point in wading into this too much further!
But having said that, Franklin’s project was always going to be a long term one and the Under 19 team is key to it, so it’s great to start hearing about some Franklin United success stories coming out of the woodwork.
I hope that everyone involved in the beautiful game in deepest South Auckland wants to see football in the region do well and is motivated by that rather than personalities or small town parochialism. If that’s the case I’m sure they would all join me in wishing Jake every success as well as hoping that many other talented young players are developed in the region by whatever club vehicle gets the job done.
Categories: Youth Football
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