Swindon Town youngster Jamie Stephens has signed for Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The 16 year old goalkeeper joins the Reds until 2012 and will sign professional terms on his 17th birthday in August.
The youngster impressed when he was invited to train with the Reds Academy earlier this year.
Speaking about the move Swindon Chairman, Andrew Fitton said:
“This is a great opportunity for Jamie, George Wood (Swindon’s goalkeeping coach) recognised his talent immediately and did a great job developing him.”
“Being such a specialist position, the opportunity to go to an Academy like Liverpool is the right move for him and will give him the chance to play in tournaments all over the world.”
It is Swindon’s intention to build strong ties with the Premier League’s top Clubs, with the Robins already enjoying a relationship with the Anfield Club having previously loaned defender Stephen Darby. Stephens could also return to the Club in the future on a similar agreement.
“You can expect to see more interaction between Swindon and Clubs such as Liverpool with talented players such as Stephen Darby coming on loan to help in their career development while we leverage the resources that only the big clubs have.”
“I hope that one day Jamie Stephens may come back to Swindon, maybe on loan from Liverpool, and get his first taste of league football at the County Ground.” added Fitton.