10:00AM, Friday 11 January 2013
A talented six-year-old midfield maestro from Cookham Dean has been signed by Premiership Fulham FC which also happens to be his favourite team.
Louis Stewart was talent-spotted at just five years old when former Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and England u21 coach Nas Bashir asked him to join the FAB Football Academy based at Bisham Abbey.
Alongside FAB, he also joined Flackwell Heath FC, where he established himself as one of the club’s leading players in his age group.
He was soon spotted by scouts from Reading, Wycombe, Chelsea and Fulham academies.
After training with all four clubs Louis joined Fulham, the club he and his family have always followed.
The youngster has already made his mark when, in a recent series of four matches against Aston Villa which the team came through unbeaten, he scored the winner in the final game from a free-kick.
Shortly afterwards, and still only six years old, Louis was one of only two boys in his age group to be offered the assurance of a place in the full academy for nine to 16-year-olds.
This effectively guarantees his time at Fulham for another three years after which he is hopeful of obtaining a further contract.
Proud father Jon Stewart said: “The Fulham Academy was awarded Category One status – the best accolade a Premier League side can obtain – and it was soon clear that they offered the best set-up for Louis to thrive in.
“He is now coached by many notable ex-players including Fulham legend Rufus Brevett as well as playing alongside the son of current 1st team midfielder Steve Sidwell.”
Jon, who has been a season ticket holder at Fulham for more than 15 years, added: “Coming from a family of ardent Fulham fans, we were delighted when Fulham showed an interest in Louis.
“Watching him on a Saturday morning in the under sevens and then watching the 1st team in the afternoon is just about as good as it gets.
“Plus all the free kit he now gets has saved me a fortune in the club shop!”
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