Posted by The SCL Education Group on 22.01.16
Ebbsfleet United Academy midfielder Shilow Tracey has completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.
The highly rated 17-year-old has been creating plenty of ripples lately with clubs including Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Reading and West Ham monitoring his progress.
But having trialled with the North London club and been taken on the Spurs development squad’s recent Florida tour – where Shilow scored twice in three appearances – it is the White Hart Lane club that has won the race for his signature.
Shilow was part of the first intake of players to the Ebbsfleet United Academy since club owners KEH Sports created it and Fleet vice chairman Peter Varney said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Shilow and we are proud of the fact that our youth academy is producing quality young players just one year after we set it up.
“I would like to thank Spurs for the professional manner in which they have handled the transfer negotiations. I must also recognise the work done with Shilow by Daryl McMahon and his staff in our youth academy.”
Following completion of his move to White Hart Lane, Shilow was due to join up with the Spurs’ academy in Mexico to take part in the Copa Chivas, competing against teams including Benfica, Boca Juniors and River Plate.
It is also fitting that in the 125th anniversary of senior football in Northfleet, that Shilow’s move to White Hart Lane recalls the years before the Second World War when Fleet served as Tottenham’s nursery club and helped produce so many stars in the famous white shirt.
Ebbsfleet United will be announcing forthcoming Academy trial dates next week as the club prepares to cast its eye over the intake for the next season.
Several other players have signed first-team contracts in the past season and budding players in the 16–18 age category are encouraged to apply for trials on announcement of the dates.
This piece first appeared in Ebbsfleet News on January 13th.