16-year-old goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke has agreed to sign a professional contract which will secure his services until the summer of 2023.
Currently tackling his GCSEs, the England youth international has been the subject of reported interest from a number of top flight clubs, both at home and overseas. However, the Royals have acted early to ensure he remains a Royal for the next four years.
Boyce-Clarke joined our Academy ranks at the age of eight and has come through the age groups to last season feature for the Under-23s on a number of occasions.
His debut came when he was called off the substitutes bench to replace the injured Liam Driscoll in in a Premier League Cup tie against Fulham at the start of December - when the star stopper was still only 15 years of age.
Coniah went on to make 10 appearances for Scott Marshall’s promotion-challengers including 90 minutes between the posts both at home and away to Manchester United and, in April, against Bayern Munich at Madejski Stadium in our Premier League International Cup semi-final against the German giants.
Boyce-Clarke will not put pen to paper on his professional paperwork until after his 17th birthday and the contract will only come into effect the following summer. However, his signature will tie the talented keeper to the club until 2023.
We can also announce that another of our England youth internationals has agreed to sign professional terms with the club - midfielder Claudio Gomes Osorio will sign professional terms when he turns 17 in September 2019.
Claudio was a regular with our Under-18s last season, making 17 appearances and scoring once in a 3-2 home win over Fulham in March. He will put pen to paper on a deal which is set to run until June 2022.
Congratulations to both Coniah and Claudio who’s signatures demonstrate the club’s trust and faith in its esteemed Academy and the talented individuals being developed as part of our envied youth programme.
Meanwhile, two more of our younger players have been offered scholarships at the club and have agreed to sign professional contracts once they turn 17 years of age - deserved congratulations also go to Nelson Abbey and Malachi Talent-Aryeetey.