By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Rhys Dolan has today been transferred from non-league Ilkeston to League One club Barnsley FC.
Seventeen year old left-back Rhys has completed a whirlwind few weeks – from making his senior debut for the Evo-Stik Premier division side, starring in the FA Youth cup against League opposition and then Premier League Newcastle to now putting pen to paper on a professional contract running until the summer of 2018.
With the transfer window not applying to acquisitions from the Evo-Stik, Barnsley moved swiftly to beat off interest from a number of other clubs after agreeing an undisclosed fee with Ilkeston. Rhys follows in the footsteps of a number of fellow Full Contact clients who were transferred from Ilkeston to League One clubs – Che Adams, Ashley Hunter, Akil Wright and Rai Simons all made similar moves last season. Rhys will also find two other Full Contact clients at Oakwell – Harry White and Sam Ottley.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, said “This deal has been very simple to complete, thanks to the decisive action of both Barnsley and Ilkeston. Ilkeston have proven, yet again, that they are one of the finest breeding grounds right now for young talent anywhere in England let alone outside of the professional game, and from the moment we first set eyes on Rhys playing we knew he would make the step up. Credit to Barnsley for spotting that so soon and backing their scouts, eyes and judgment in completing this transfer when so many other clubs seem afraid to invest in young talent.”
Of Rhys as a player, Lee Payne, Full Contact’s Head of Football, stated “Rhys is an extremely tenacious left-back who shows composure and technique which belies his inexperience and back-ground. Once he develops physically and has the support of the professional infrastructure around him, he has a very promising future. Barnsley have produced a number of superb young full-backs in recent years, some of whom have quickly gone on to even greater things in the game such as Stones and Holgate, and Rhys now has a great opportunity to follow in their stead. It will take him a while to adjust but we won’t be surprised to see him in first-team action in the not too distant future, despite his age.”
All at Full Contact wish Rhys the very best as he makes this transition to the professional game.
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