Nottingham Forest are set to sign Northern Irish teenager Joel Thompson for their under-18 ranks, according to Belfast Live. The versatile midfielder will join Forest over Hull City who had also expressed an interest.
Thompson will arrive from Crusaders in his homeland. Much like Dale Taylor, he’s an early starter and made his debut in senior football at 15-years-old.
Now 16, he’s set to bolster Warren Joyce’s squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Thompson typically plays as a central midfielder although he can feature out wide.
The youngster played six senior games for Crusaders. They were resigned to losing him in the near future and he now heads to Forest where he joins a Burgeoning community of Northern Irishmen.
Taylor recently signed a new contract; whilst Aaron Donnelly and Jamie McDonnell are also currently at the club trying to work their way into the first team.
Thompson has been capped on the international stage too. He made his debut last summer, starring in a 3-0 win over Wales at under-17 level.
The teenager has agreed on a long-term deal at Forest. He’s thought to be close to being officially unveiled and he’ll join Joyce’s squad for pre-season.
Forest sign Thompson and Irish contingency is strong
It’s no surprise to see youngsters come from Northern Ireland to play for Forest. They often come with a taste of senior action and the pathway at Forest is often clear for youngsters.
That must be a big incentive for young stars. Thompson won’t want to be playing youth football for long and the midfielder will fancy impressing the coaches and Steve Cooper.
The ex-Crusaders man seems like an exciting addition. He’s already made his mark in his homeland and now he will hope to do the same on Trentside.