By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Akil Wright has today completed a dream transfer from non-league Ilkeston FC to League One club FleetwoodTown.
Akil, 18, has been at Ilkeston since the age of 15 and has amassed over 40 appearances at senior, first team level. He joins former Ilkeston team-mate and fellow Full Contact client Ashley Hunter at Fleetwood Town – Ashley signed for the Cody Army in early January and has already gone on to make his Football League debut.
Akil, who can play in a variety of defensive and midfield positions, has put pen to paper on a contract that runs until the summer of 2016. Due to the transfer window restrictions not applying to Ilkeston’s league (the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League) the transfer has been completed with immediate effect.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, commented “We are grateful to the manner in which Ilkeston and Fleetwood conducted their business; as with the Ashley Hunter transfer the clubs moved quickly to agree terms which were of benefit to all parties and – as was also the case with the Che Adams transfer to Sheffield United – we hope that Ilkeston are able to use the income to continue to develop their fabulous club which is providing a pathway for so many young players to return to or move to professional football. We would again place on record our praise for the miracles that Kevin Wilson, Steve Chettle, Nigel Harrop and all at Ilkeston are performing on a daily basis. As for Fleetwood Town their continued belief in investing in young talent, including non-league talent, is as refreshing as it is exciting.”
Lee Payne, head of the Full Contact’s Football Agency team, said “Akil has patiently paid his dues in non-league football, coming through the Illkeston academy over the last few years and playing a good number of first team games as a young teenager – often being played out of position or at least in a position he was not familiar with. He has shown a real desire to succeed and his physicality and work-rate mean he has a great chance to kick on. Akil – as with the likes of Che Adams, Joe Burgess and Ashley Hunter before him – is another shining light of what can be achieved if a young player at a non-league club like Ilkeston has the desire and ability to play at a higher level. We are delighted Akil has today had this opportunity to turn professional, particularly at a club like Fleetwood Town who are giving youth a real chance.”
All at Full Contact wish Akil and Fleetwood Town all the best for the remainder of the season.
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