We all know the route and journey of Jamie Vardy, being let go from Sheffield Wednesday at an early age, finding ground with Stocksbridge Park Steels, and from there moving up the non-league ladder, first at Halifax and later Fleetwood. Vardy (36) is one fantastic story to follow.
Another that can be on at Leicester is the route of Ben Grist, still only 18, but one that made his full first team debut with Grimsby Town at the age of 15.
To take the step into an academy after being introduced to first team football at your current club is a bit of a surprise, but still one that can be the correct move to do. Leicester won the race for the yongster, said to have had competition from Man Utd and Chelsea for the player that is one being monitored closely from a league above. As a defender, Ben Grist. has shown great promise. Still a young man, aged 18, born in 2005, and today part of the U.21 set up, coming through from the U.18’s.
Looking back Ben Grist jumped off the journey wagon at Grimsby Town, possibly being a first team player in League Two at this moment, so this a job for the academy and development set up to address and understand, bringing in a player and nursing the talent forward.
We sure are excited to follow the progression, so far been played in 3 leauge games for the U.21’s this season, and hopefully more games will follow.
We are of course waiting for more young players to follow in the footsteps of Harvey Barnes, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Ben Chilwell, Kasey McAteer, Marcal-Madavadua and all those who have graduated from the academy to become first team players.
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