Sunday Supplement special: Meet the 'Next Generation' guests
Last Updated: 31/10/18 1:25pm
Three up-and-coming football journalists make their debut on the Sunday Supplement this week on our Next Generation special.
Host Neil Ashton will lead the conversation and debate all the big talking points with journalists Adam Crafton (Daily Mail), Melissa Reddy (JOE.co.uk) and Mike McGrath (The Sun). The special edition of the show airs on Sky Sports Football and Premier League from 9.30am on Sunday.
We're confident you'll hear plenty from our trio in the coming years, but here's our introduction to the panel….
Adam joined the Daily Mail as a sports journalist in 2016 upon completing his university studies after first going into the newspaper on work experience at the age of 16.
After graduating in French and Spanish, he's used those skills for a series of special reports and interviews for the paper and it was most useful when tracking down Chelsea's Diego Costa in the Brazilian wilderness at the beginning of last season.
Now 24, Adam won the Young Sports Writer of the Year from the Sports Journalists' Association in February 2018 and his first book, 'From Guernica to Guardiola: How the Spanish Conquered English Football', was published by Simon & Schuster in April this year.
Melissa first entered football journalism in 2007 and has broken countless barriers en route to becoming a respected writer, podcaster and TV analyst. Having been head of football for TEAMtalk in South Africa as well as deputy editor of the continent's biggest sport publication KICK OFF, she moved to the UK in 2014, contributing exclusive interviews to CNN, The Independent and Sports Illustrated.
Melissa then became Liverpool Correspondent for Goal's 38 territories across the globe, before joining JOE as senior football correspondent in March where she specialises in feature content and in-depth sit-downs with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, Eddie Howe, Steven Gerrard and Dele Alli.
She can also be found on BBC 5Live, The Totally Football Show, The Anfield Wrap, Sky News, Premier League Productions, Fox Singapore and The Athletic.
Mike started as a trainee with the Press Association and went on to cover Tottenham and England Under-21s before moving to the Wardles Agency.
He joined The Sun on Sunday in 2013 initially in the north-west before his role was made nationwide a year later, which included covering England.
The Sunday Supplement breakfast table will be familiar for Mike, as before going into print journalism he was making the tea as a Sky Sports production runner for the programme. He remembers getting breakfast for the late Brian Woolnough and his marmite on toast and Henry Winter, who he now shares a press box with and sees most weeks on the road.
Watch Sunday Supplement: Next Generation on Sky Sports Football and Premier League from 9.30am on Sunday.