We now have a wealth of Premier League and Championship talent on our hands after former England youth international Foday Nabay recently joined the club.The 21-year-old midfielder, originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, came through Birmingham City’s academy.
Once scouted by a host of Premier League clubs, Nabay moved to Fulham from The Blues in 2013 for £225,000. However, following five injury hit seasons, he left Craven Cottage in 2018 without making a senior appearance.
Eighteen months later, Nabay has signed for our club following a short spell with Nuneaton and our chairman Jed McCrory feels the club is the perfect place to develop young players.
“This club is a home for people who can play football,” said Jed. “The backroom staff, the ethos of the club and the way we want to play, is improving these players.
“I believe in these players and I believe in the people around us, that’s how this club will grow. There are loads of hidden gems at this club and we’re a really good side.”
In the past six months, we have signed highly rated Watford goalkeeper Harvey White on a season-long loan, along with 19-year-old Kai Woollard-Innocent on a month’s loan from Queens Park Rangers.
Nabay, White and Woollard-Innocent will link up with other top-level academy graduates such as former Leicester City u23 centre back George Heaven, and Chris Wreh, son of former Arsenal winger Christopher Wreh, who won the Premier League with The Gunners in 1998.
Stratford Town FC’s reputation for giving young players a platform to move on to full-time, professional clubs has grown dramatically in recent years, with former Stratford players Albi Skendi, Wilson Carvalho and Ben Stephens, moving on to Yeovil Town, Accrington Stanley and Macclesfield Town respectively.