17th Jan, 2019

Sporting score trio of young prospects

Ben Tyler 21st Dec, 2018

BROMSGROVE Sporting have had Christmas come early with three new signings all arriving at once, in the form of Northern Ireland youth international Dan O’Sullivan, and Birmingham City youth stars Christ Mayuba & Adan George.

It brings an injection of fresh faces and youth into the fold at Sporting, with the league leaders partnering with Birmingham City as part of their initiative to bring a non-league grounding to their upcoming talents.

Bromsgrove are one of a number of local clubs that are taking in upcoming talent from Blues, with Alvechurch and Sutton Coldfield Town amongst those benefiting from the scheme.

George, a striker and first-year scholar with the Championship side; and Mayuba, an attacking midfielder and second-year scholar, join on initial work experience loans until 6th January – when their contracts can be extended based on their application in their new surroundings.

O’Sullivan is a former Walsall youth player and forward that will add depth to Sporting’s attacking ranks.

Karl Hooper, Professional Development Phase coach at Birmingham City, explains the thinking behind the decision.

“The boys will experience the nitty gritty of non-league football, where there is an emphasis on earning selection and an emphasis on three points and trying to win to get your team up the table, or compete for a championship.

“It’s a challenge for them and it’s deliberate on our part to take them out of their comfort zone.”

At the time of print, Mayuba’s move is still pending ratification from the league.

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