Sammy King came to the Academy as an inexperienced 14 year old boy in 2013. He was small, struggling technically, and did not understand the game, BUT he had the desire and determination to improve.
Three and a bit years later, we estimate Sammy has trained about 1,600 hours at the Academy, plus many more hours privately, along the way banking around 1,000,000 purposeful touches on the ball! Now at age 17, Sammy is a fit athletic competent young Footballer with the world at his feet.
All of this hard work will be tested when he flies out to Germany tomorrow to trial with Bundesliga 2 league leaders, SC Freiburg, who are almost guaranteed promotion into the top-flight Bundesliga next season.
When asked about his football, Sammy stated "Without Gary and the Academy, I could never have developed into the Footballer I am today. Gary has given me opportunities to play against teams like Manchester Utd, Liverpool and Newcastle, and has taught me so much about the game".
All of the boys back at the Academy will be cheering for you Sammy. Good luck and get stuck in!!!