Dynamic duo stay on Boro's books

TWO Dyke House Academy footballers have earned fresh academy contracts with Middlesbrough Football Club.


Ollie Duthie and Frankie Coulson at Dyke House

TWO Dyke House Academy footballers have earned fresh academy contracts with Middlesbrough Football Club.

Good friends Ollie Duthie and Frankie Coulson are coming to the end of their first years at Dyke House and have learned they will continue to play for the Championship club when they hit Year 8.

Ollie and Frankie – who are both on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad - have starred for the school team and are looking to continue their improvements to stay firmly in the thinking of the Riverside Stadium club.

Earlier this year Alex Hutchinson was told he has a two-year scholarship at Middlesbrough when he leaves Dyke House next year. That is now the aim for the younger duo.

Frankie Coulson

Frankie said: “I hope to be a professional footballer and Middlesbrough is a good place to be to try to get further and the coach is good there. 

“If something does go wrong then it is important you have the education behind you and that’s why I want to stick in at school too.

“Even if you are 18 when you get released from a professional club then at least you know you have education behind you.”
Nevertheless the former Greatham Primary pupil said: “I’ve been at Middlesbrough a few years now and started with the development squad. The scout asked me to go to the academy and I have stayed in there.  

“I can play left-wing or right-wing, I can even play striker. There can be pressure playing for Middlesbrough but you have to be happy because it is a higher level.”

Frankie has started to run in the sprint events for Hartlepool Athletics of late where Ollie has impressed for longer, reaching extremely high standards over longer distances.

Ollie Duthie

Ollie, a former Holy Trinity pupil from Seaton Carew, has incredible endurance and his energy has helped his fantastic footballing talent improve too.

The 12-year-old said: “Most of the players at Middlesbrough are of a high quality but my work ethic, as a right-back for Boro, has helped me. It doesn’t bother me where I play as long as I am playing.

“I want to be a professional footballer but the athletics keeps me fit and builds my stamina up. I play cricket for Seaton in the summer too and I want to stick in at school because I am interested in becoming an architect too.”

Ollie recalls how he was first spotted by Middlesbrough. He said: “I played for Leven, we had a friendly and I got a hat-trick against Middlesbrough.

“The next thing they asked me to train at Rockliffe Park and after four weeks they offered me a proper trial and I was then offered a contract. I have loved it.”