Five of Fleet’s Academy intake for the forthcoming campaign have been awarded contracts and they were signed on the pitch before the Gateshead game.
The quintet – Mustafe Ali, Harvie Gardiner, Arif Omar, Paul Ouattara and Bobby Sears – will form a key part of Danny Kedwell’s U19 side in 2017/18, with three of them already tasting action in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup. Gardiner, a centre back, played the whole 90 minutes against Bromley while Ali and Omar were introduced as late substitutes. Also on the bench was striker Sears – brother of Ipswich’s Freddie – who was highly regarded at Thurrock, before being signed by Barnet in 2016 and has also played for Cockfosters.
The five signings maintain the club’s policy of signing its promising youngsters to contracts as they continue their development in our Academy and in training opportunities alongside the first team. We’d like to welcome all five to the Fleet.