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U18's goalkeeper Rhys Davies has joined Leicester City

4 September 2017

Second Year Scholar, and one of the Club’s heroes of last season’s EFL Youth Alliance Merit League winning team, Rhys Davies, has joined Leicester City in a permanent move.

The transfer process, which began in July, has been a lengthy and complex one due to the need for Leicester City FC to acquire Minor Permission from FIFA for the player who is under the age of 18 to cross international football borders.  This was completed over the weekend and the move was finalised at the start of week which has seen the player join for an undisclosed fee, in a deal which includes a series of protentional add-ons and future sell-on fees.

The young ‘keeper impressed throughout last season proving a force at U18s level and performing impressively in the Central League matches alongside first team squad players.  Rhys caught the eye of Leicester City and has now made the move to the Premier League Team’s development squad.  This continues to highlight the fantastic work being down by everyone at the Newport County AFC Academy as they continue to bring through talented young players. Davies becomes the second player from the Merit Winning side to move to a higher level, with compensation recently being agreed for Rhys Kavanagh who recently joined Bristol Rovers.

Manager Michael Flynn said: "I would like to wish Rhys the best of luck in his move to Premier League Leicester City. He is a great lad and has worked hard last season, demonstrating some great performances for both the youth team and when called upon by the First Team in the Central League. A lot of credit must go to both Mykee Jenkins, Academy Goal Keeping Coach, and James Bittner, First Team Goal Keeping Coach, who worked hard last season to develop Rhys. I am really pleased for the player and have no doubt he will go on and have a very successful career."

The move comes after a week in which Jay Foulston gained experience training at Championship Club Norwich City and Momodou Touray scored two and set up to two whilst on loan to Merthyr Town in their FA Cup match. 

The Club would like to wish Rhys all the very best at Leicester City and with his future career.

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