An eight-year-old footballer from Kings Langley is tipped to be one for the future after signing for Tottenham Hotspurs Academy recently.
George Stephens, who goes to Kings Langley Primary School, was one of 18 who was picked out of 1,800 trialists who were all battling to get a contract.
The midfielder who can play in the centre or on the right was destined for the game said his dad, Joe, who also had spells at Chelsea when he was young.
He said: “He first kicked a ball at five and I could see that he had the technique and ever since then he has loved it.
“He’s got a real talent. For such a young boy he has a real maturity to his game and is disciplined. He has to prove himself every year because it is a different level at these clubs, but I am sure he will do it.”
George was first scouted for Chelsea when he was playing for Kings Langley Reds and had a number of top flight academies chasing his signature including the likes of Arsenal and Watford.
The football mad boy, whose favourite player is Kevin De Bruyne, had his first taste for the future when he signed his contract down at the clubs training ground.
His dad said: “We had a signing on day and it was just surreal. The family came down and it was the best day ever for us all.
“We are so proud of him. It is hard to explain because he is a fantastic little boy but this is just the start for him. He has a long way to go yet but this is one of the first big steps of his career.”
Joe was full of praise of his former side Kings Langley FC who played a big part in getting him to the quality he is at now.
With the current season finished, George will get a feel for the Tottenham colours in August which he and his dad are looking forward too.