AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of Harry Redknapp, reads a statement on their own official website, and he will contribute for the Cherries from the next season and beyond.
“A few scout reports came back saying he was progressing very, very well, so we bought him into our Academy sessions around November last year”, were the technical development officer Matty Holmes’ words on the QPR manager’s seven-year-old grandson.
“He’s been playing with the top under 8s we’ve got and he’s shown really good progression. He’s improved his technical work and his receiving and passing skills have come on no end. So with that in mind, and the fact that he comes from a footballing family background, we feel he has a great chance of progressing in our system and that’s why we have offered him a contract”, Holmes added.
The QPR manager Harry Redknapp played for the Cherries between 1972 and ’76, plus a single game in 1982, and managed them between 1983 and ’92, hence why he is considered a legend at Dean Court. His nephew Jamie Redknapp played for Bournemouth as well, between 1989 and ’91.
And for those who think the seven-year-old potential starlet is signed only on the grounds of his relatives, Matty Holmes have a single comment: “They are always signed purely on what we see though. We won’t just sign them unless we see an actual talent there, otherwise it is a place that is taken up when another boy could be developing. They have to earn it, and Harry has certainly done that.”
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