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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old July 10th, 2004, 16:47 Thread Starter
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Jacob Lensky

The young Canadian lad Lensky has signed for Celtic. Does anyone know anything about him? Apparently he's quite highly-rated.

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Celtic have earned a small measure of revenge on Manchester United over the Liam Miller move by snatching young Canada star Jacob Lensky from under the nose of Alex Ferguson.

Midfielder Miller signed a pre-contract agreement with the Old Trafford giants earlier this year after impressing for the Hoops in the Champions League.

But now the Parkhead side have beaten United to the signature of teenage Canadian Lensky, who will join the Scottish Premier League champions when he turns 16 in December, after a trial period at United was prevented by a hamstring injury to the player.

Lensky told the Vancouver Sun: “Although I’ve had opportunities to play with other teams, including Manchester United, Celtic emerged as my clear first choice.

“I loved my trial with Celtic and everything else about the club.

“I can’t officially be signed to a contract until I turn 16, which is on December 16.”
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old July 11th, 2004, 17:31
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Thanks for raising this subject, King.

I daresay I'm not the only one around here who had never heard of Lensky until the news of his signing with Celtic came out. He's not even on the Canadian Soccer Association's radar, as he does not appear on any of their development team player pools, and as far as I know he is uncapped.

Some background can be gleaned from this article in the Vancouver Sun, which I will quote in full because it's no longer available online:

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Lensky Glasgow-bound
Fifteen-year-old Vancouver College student signs with Celtic U-17 team

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Widely sought Vancouver midfielder Jacob Lensky has verbally agreed to a three-year contract with Scotland's Glasgow Celtic under-17 team after he was courted in recent months by England's Manchester United, the most famous soccer club in the world.

Lensky, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Vancouver College, reached a pre-contract agreement with Celtic on May 20 following a trial with the under-17 side and will return to Glasgow July 8 for pre-season training.

"I can't be officially signed to a contract until I turn 16, which is on Dec. 16," says Lensky, who recently wrote his year-end exams at Vancouver College. "Although I've had opportunities to play for other teams, including Manchester United, Celtic emerged as my clear first choice. I loved my trial with Celtic and everything else about the club."

Lensky was scheduled to join Manchester United's under-17 team for a trial in July following his time with Celtic. But he suffered a pulled hamstring while playing for Celtic and the injury forced him to postpone his plans to travel to Manchester.

Lensky spent 11 days in Glasgow in early May, playing in four league games and scoring two goals against Dunfermline and Hibernian. He father, Boris Lensky, also travelled to Glasgow and sat in on negotiations for the pre-contract agreement with Tommy Burns, head coach of the Glasgow Celtic Soccer Academy, and assistant coach John Stevenson.

"The original purpose of the trip was to go to Glasgow Celtic first and then to Manchester United," Boris Lensky says. "We thought when we left Vancouver that Manchester United would be the more important part of trip. Jacob was approached first by Manchester United, but then he picked up his hamstring injury and couldn't go to Manchester.

"We had a meeting with Tommy Burns and he was very impressed with Jacob. We spent three hours discussing a contract and finally reached an agreement."

Burns and Stevenson are travelling outside of Scotland until July 2 and could not be reached for comment. But John Cushley, the head of Celtic's youth academy education and welfare office, confirms that Lensky has reached a pre-contract agreement with the club.

"Jacob will be joining a highly successful youth program here," Cushley, a former Celtic player, says from Glasgow. "Our under-17 team was unbeaten against Scottish League opponents in 24 league games this season and won the championship. In fact, the team lost only one game the entire year -- 1-0 to Manchester United's under-17 side in an exhibition game at the end of our season.

"Our under-17 team has been so dominant in Scotland the last two or three years that we've arranged to play exhibition games against English League youth teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle."

Cushley says Lensky will become a paid player by Celtic on Jan. 1, 2005. "He will be a fully professional player on that date. He'll also continue his high school studies here and I will oversee his education."

Glasgow Celtic's senior team won both the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup championships this past season.

The Scottish under-17 league season starts in mid-August, breaks for the Christmas and New Year holidays, resumes in mid-February and concludes in May.

Lensky says he has also had trial runs with English League clubs Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

"My longest spell was at Blackburn, where I played for four years between ages eight and 11," he says. "Blackburn wanted to sign me, but it was very stale there and I wasn't making any progress as a player. That's why I really like Celtic. I learned a lot of things and made progress in only four games there. Celtic has a great youth development program and equally great coaches."

Lensky has played Vancouver Metro League soccer with Surrey United and an ICSF (Italian Canadian Soccer Federation) side. But his most influential years in the game were with the Boris Lensky-coached Guildford under-15 Gold team in Surrey.

"I learned the game of soccer from my dad," he says. "He taught me all of the basic skills. The Guildford team that my dad coached is the the best team I've ever played on. We didn't lose a game in three seasons."

Ironically, the slim 5-foot-10, 150-pound Lensky has never played for a B.C. or Canadian youth team.

"I wasn't around here much for a chance to play with those teams," he said with a chuckle. "I was always somewhere in Europe trying out with club sides."

B.C.'s and Canada's loss is Glasgow Celtic's gain.
How much of a loss to Canada remains to be seen. He may well be eligible to play for another national team, if he is so inclined.
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Thanks for that article, it probably explains why no-one in Canada has been aware of Lensky as he's played most of his time in Europe, and mainly in England.

I can't really answer your question about his eligibility for International teams, although i think i read somewhere that his father was Polish. He was deinitely born in Canada though so it seems it's a straight choice between Canada and Poland and dependant on his personal preference.

I'm not really interested in who the guy chooses Internationally though, all i'm hoping for is that we have signed ourselves a young player with great potential, and judging by the calibre of teams who were interested in his signature then Lensky definitely fits the category.

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Well, I would fully expect the CSA to lure him into the fold now. Holpefully he accepts that.

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I think this underscores the weakness of the CSA in scouting young players. The top European clubs are better at spotting young Canadian talent than the CSA is. [Need I mention Owen Hargreaves?]

I guess it confirms our perennial problem of lack of sufficient development funding.
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Spot on jeff! I mean some how the CSA has left be sitting on my chair posting on Xtratime since 2000 . Thats a waste of raw talent if I ever saw it

How do contracts work with a player his age? they cant legally tie him to club yet can they?
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How do contracts work with a player his age? they cant legally tie him to club yet can they?
As Lensky says in the above article,"I can't be officially signed to a contract until I turn 16, which is on Dec. 16."

After that, he can sign; for now, it's just a verbal, non-binding agreement.

BTW, do you really feel your talents are wasted here at XT?
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Well that leaves alot of power to Jacob if hes really got the talent, with an agreement like that. There must be alot of under the table "sweetners"

and yah, they might be a little wasted. I have great fun here, but if I had somewhere to play and advance my career I would. But its hard if you dont have the money to travel distances back and fourth while still trying to concentrate on a future career in case I actually suck
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well at least he will be on the radar now of CSA.

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well at least he will be on the radar now of CSA.
But as Jacob has said himself, he has never been in Canada long enough to play for BC or Canadian teams so you are left to wonder if he really feels any connection with Canada if he has been touring Europe for a number of years. Time will tell the true tale, but I highly doubt we will ever see him in the red and white of Canada. :irritate:
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I believe I read somewhere that his dad wants him to play for the Czech Republic. We shall see how everything pans out...

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yeah i know jacob lenksy. he went to my school last year and then he got scouted, then left. yeah its odd how he never played any provincial or national team before be got scouted, jus metro league.
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But as Jacob has said himself, he has never been in Canada long enough to play for BC or Canadian teams so you are left to wonder if he really feels any connection with Canada if he has been touring Europe for a number of years. Time will tell the true tale, but I highly doubt we will ever see him in the red and white of Canada. :irritate:
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I stand corrected. Good turn of events for the Canadian program to reel him in and have him commit.
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Lensky played the full 90 against China after sitting vs Norway. Manny Gomez and keeper Stefan Caulfield have sat for both and are the only players yet to see action. Hope Gomez sees action vs Portugal. Maybe he has an injury.
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Lensky played the full 90 again in the 1-0 loss to host Portugal. Manny Gomez came in at 73 minutes.
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Manny Gomez came in at 73 minutes.
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I believe I read somewhere that his dad wants him to play for the Czech Republic. We shall see how everything pans out...
Yes his farther does want him to play for the Czech republic but does the czech's want him? Hopefully the CSA will get him into the program asap, we need all the great young talent we can get.

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