Arsenal made a late decision to offer centre-back Daniel a scholarship deal in 2016 and the centre-back ended up featuring prominently for the U18s last season.
Having initially been told he would be released, Daniel impressed during a pre-season game which earned him an extended stay at the club. He went on to play 15 times for the U18s and also filled in as a defensive-midfielder on one occasion, while he scored in the 3-3 draw against West Ham United.
This season Daniel will be aiming to impress sufficiently to earn a professional contract at the club.
Name Daniel Ballard
U18 apps 15 (1 goal)
Signed scholarship Summer 2016