FOOTBALL: MANAGER Liam McDonald has revealed Solihull Moors beat off stiff competition from a host of clubs to land promising young striker Oladapo Afolayan.
The 19-year-old has made the move to The Automated Technology Group Stadium with a growing reputation have come through the youth ranks at Chelsea.
Afolayan, who will wear the number 17 jersey, is a current Loughborough University student who has most recently been playing for their respective team but he has also widened his football education with a spell in Canada with Toronto before returning to England to carry on his studies.
The teenager will be no stranger to a couple of faces in the Moors dressing room having previously played with Nortei Nortey and Nathan Baxter at Chelsea.
“Education is very important to Dapo and his family which is the only reason why he’s not already playing in professional football.
“I’m looking forward to working with him and have high hopes for this young striker. We’re excited by his addition to the squad as he’ll add raw pace and he’s technically very good.
“Although he’s coming from a lower level, I see this as a real coup for Solihull because a lot of clubs have been looking at him and he recently returned from a trial at Rochdale.
“It’s taken two months to get this signing over the line which shows just how much we’ve wanted him at this football club.
“Now Dapo has been recruited, I will still be looking to add a different type of striker to the squad in the coming weeks as we look to finish the club’s first season at this level of football as strongly as possible.”