Elliot Simeos has earned himself a move to the EFL with Barnsley having signed from National League North side FC United of Manchester.
The League One side announced the capture of the 19-year-old on Monday afternoon, confirming he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Oakwell side.
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— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) January 21, 2019
Simeos, who has had spells at Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, came to prominence with FC United and has had a solid season so far for his former side ahead of the move to a professional standard.
The 19-year-old has managed only two goals, along with eight assists in 23 appearances for the non-league outfit, who are currently 20th in their division, just eight points above the bottom of the table.
The attacker has signed with a view to being involved in the first-team right away with Barnsley chief executive Gauthier Ganaye expressing his pleasure at completing the deal.
“We know we have secured a really exciting young player, on a long contract,” he said.
“This is really important for the future of the club and it also shows that we are attractive to young players, they want to come and develop here.
“Elliot is a player who will offer competition for first team places straight away.
“As already stated, he’s quick and exciting to watch on the ball.
“It is now up to Elliot to impress the coaches in training.”
This move is a gamble, but it is one that is relatively inexpensive and gives the young attacker a chance in league football to make a name for himself.
Due diligence would have been done and the scouts at the Oakwell side would have deemed Simeos to be good enough to challenge for a place in the first-team at Barnsley.
It could turn out to be a total waste of time, but with the introduction the forward has had, there is every expectation that the League One side have found a diamond in the rough.
This has the potential to be a class signing and being that the new man is only 19-years-old, patience will be needed and the long-term deal being handed to him is evidence of that.
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