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Fulham academy chief Symons: Trotta has chance

Fulham academy chief Kit Symons is determined for the club's youth system to produce more and more pros.

Symons is just as pleased when a former Academy graduate makes it at another club, as when a youngster breaks into the Cottagers first team.

"It's about getting players through to Fulham's First Team - that is what we are here to do," explained Symons to fulhamfc.com. "Then it's to develop an individual to be a professional footballer. It they're not good enough to play for us then our job is to get them a career somewhere else.

"Obviously Kerim Frei has been involved with the First Team and Marcello Trotta scored five goals for the Reserves recently. It's great to see their development and other players coming on. It's really encouraging.

"If players cannot make it through to our First Team then they will go on and play for another team. Last year we didn't offer Michael Kamau and Aaron Pierre terms here at Fulham but they've both earned two year professional contracts at Brentford.

"That's really encouraging and shows we're doing the right things. Even if people aren't deemed good enough for us they can go and make a living and career somewhere else. That's really pleasing to see."

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