Liverpool Release Young Players, Two Find New Homes
Liverpool have released a number of young players from their books at the beginning of the summer, with two of them finding homes elsewhere over the weekend. Forwards Iwan Roberts and Jack Bearne were let go by the club at the start of the month, forcing them to try and find a new place to ply their trade in 2023/24.
Iwan Roberts Joins Bala Town
The two players were both signed by new clubs in recent days, with Roberts joining Bala Town on a permanent deal. Roberts joined the Cymru Premier side having spent two years within Liverpool’s youth set-up, making his only appearance for Wales under-18s back in September 2021.
It sees him make a return to Wales having been born and raised in Wrexham, before going on to make 16 appearances for the Reds in the U18 Premier League.
Jack Bearne Joins Greenock Morton
Bearne will move elsewhere on the British Isles having signed for Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton. The 21-year-old winger spent last season on loan at Kidderminster, where he made 25 National League North appearances as his side earned promotion via the playoffs.
He joined Liverpool’s academy from Notts County in 2017, making 25 Premier League 2 appearances for the Reds in 2021/22 prior to his loan move.
Oludare Olufunwa Earns Trial at Burton Albion
Along with the two young forwards, centre-back Oludare Olufunwa has earned himself a trial at Burton Albion and has already made two 45-minute friendly appearances under the name ‘Trialist B’ in consecutive days for the League One club. He will be looking to make his move permanent having joined Liverpool from Southampton on a free transfer last summer.
The release of these young players from Liverpool’s books marks the end of an era for the club’s youth set up, as they look to make way for new talent coming through the ranks. It is always sad to see young players leave a club they have been with for a number of years, but it is also exciting to see them find new homes and potentially kickstart their careers elsewhere.
Roberts and Bearne have both found new clubs and will be looking to make an impact in their respective leagues next season, while Olufunwa will be hoping to impress Burton Albion enough to earn himself a permanent move.
It remains to be seen how successful these three players will be in their new surroundings, but one thing is for sure; they have all been given a chance to prove themselves and that is something that should not be taken lightly.