Guernsey FC midfielder Alex Scott is set to join Bristol City after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Championship club.
The 16-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at St Martins, will join up with their academy in the new year.
He scored a hat-trick while on trial earlier this month and representatives from the club were at Footes Lane on Wednesday night to formalise their interest.
During the period of us watching Alex and him training and playing with us he has demonstrated some excellent attributes and potential to further develop in the years ahead. Most importantly, he has the personality and mindset to fit in at Bristol City to continue to work hard and continue his development. Credit must go to Alex’s parents for being open to and contributing to the development plan we have for their son and to Tony Vance of Guernsey FC for his help in supporting Alex in this important decision which will not only benefit Alex but further our links with football in Guernsey.
Scott has made 13 appearances for the Green Lions since making his debut this season.
The island club have forged strong links with Bristol City in recent years, and have taken players on loan from the Championship side.
But this move reinforces the two-way nature of the relationship with young players from the island benefiting from the exposure to a higher-level outfit.
I’ve been sending video clips of Alex to Bristol City and he had a successful trial including playing in an Under-18 game where he scored three goals. I’m delighted for him. This is where he needs and deserves to be. It’s all about GFC providing the platform to bigger and better things and, of course, St Martin’s has been part of his development, so credit goes to them.