By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Che Adams has today completed a dream move from non-league to League One giants Sheffield United.
Che, 18, has made the move from Ilkeston FC – an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club – to Nigel Clough’s side, amidst firm interest from a number of clubs ranging from the Premier League to League Two.
Putting pen to paper on his first professional contract at the Blades, today completes a remarkable few months for the non-league starlet. Following four years of amateur and non-league football, Che started to make a huge impression on the Ilkeston FC first team in pre-season and it was not long before a host of scouts started flocking regularly to the Manor Ground – many to be impressed by his stunning goals and plentiful assists. Last week Che was confirmed in the final 16 for the forthcoming England C fixture against Estonia, although he will now be withdrawn from the squad given his professional status.
Lee Payne, head of Full Contact’s Football Agency team, said “This is a very exciting and well deserved move for Che. Sheffield United is a huge club, and in Nigel Clough he has a manager who has shown persistently that he is not afraid to give youth a chance. Che has enjoyed the intensity of first team football, and the opportunity to challenge sooner rather than later for first team football at Bramall Lane is one that he relishes. We have every confidence in his ability, but also his mental strength, so as to allow him to make that step up, huge as it undoubtedly is.”
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, said “This has been a particularly satisfying deal to work on. For some time we have enjoyed a very co-operative relationship with Ilkeston FC, who are a club that can stand as a great example to most non-league clubs in the way in which they develop young talent and provide them with an opportunity to turn professional. The owner Dave Mantle, general manager Nigel Harrop and manager Kevin Wilson and his coaching team all deserve great credit for their part in Che’s development and it is pleasing that this transfer should allow Ilkeston FC to continue doing what they do so well ; I am quite certain that Che will not be the last player in the foreseeable future to leave Ilkeston for the professional game. As for Che, he is a pleasure to represent and we are so proud of what he has achieved – he is the latest client in a number that Full Contact have progressed from non-league to the Football League and he stands as an inspiration to all young players out there. Sheffield United’s interest in Che developed very rapidly, against a backdrop of bids from a number of other clubs, but the vision that they have projected to Che and us made the decision to sign an easy one to make.”
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