FOOTBALL: TEENAGER Oladapo Afolayan is determined to continue his improvement while also helping Solihull Moors in the National League after extending his stay with the club.
The 19-year-old has impressed since moving to the Automated Group Technology Stadium back in February, having scored twice in seven appearances for Liam McDonald’s side.
Afolayan will remain at the club until the end of the current campaign and he has revealed his delight at signing for a club he feels are ‘heading in the right direction’.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads and the set-up at the club is really good so I’m just pleased to sign and make it more of a long-term thing,” said Afolayan.
“I’ve settled in quite well and I already knew Nortei (Norty) and Nathan (Baxter) from Chelsea and everyone else has been great. There’s a good dynamic at the club.
“I think I’ve done well so far but I’ve still got a lot to learn. I’m just going to get my head down, work hard, hopefully score some more goals and help the team as much as possible.”
Moors boss Liam McDonald also expressed his pleasure at the news and he believes there is still plenty to come from the promising striker.
He added: “Since he has come in he has been an integral part of the team. He’s got a lot of potential and we want to work with him, develop him and make him better.
“We’re looking forward to him spending more time with us and we’ll work hard to make him the best he can be.
“He’s been excellent so far. When he arrived at the club, I said it’s a coup for us because he’s a very good football player and he’s starting to show that now.
“He has got himself a couple of goals and has been a livewire up front for us. He’s something a bit different to what we’ve got at the moment and he’s still got plenty of development left in him being just 19.
“He’s getting a few headlines with his performances and people are starting to take note of who he is.
“For us, it’s fantastic that he has committed his future to the football club and it’s great for us that we can carry on working with him.”