Teenage Herne Bay striker Tunji Agbaje expecting 'good news' about move to Crystal Palace following trials at Eagles
Teenage Herne Bay striker Tunji Agbaje could be set for a move
to Championship side Crystal Palace this week.
Agbaje, who turned 19 last month, came through the youth ranks
with his home town club and enjoyed a spell at Chelsea before
joining Premier League Stoke City’s set-up in 2010 after being
spotted scoring five goals in a game for the Blues at a youth
He earned England under-18 recognition while at the Potters,
however he returned to sign for Bay in September after becoming
disillusioned with academy football at the Britannia.
He has impressed up front for Bay in Ryman League, Division 1
South as he sought a move to a full-time club in the Championship
or League 1 and has already spent time training with Charlton
Athletic this season.
Boss Simon Halsey (pictured) left Agbaje out of his
line-up for Saturday’s visit of Maidstone, which Bay lost 3-1
despite pushing the title-chasers all the way, and the Bay boss
said: “We spoke about it but I took the decision to rest him.
“If I’d have asked him to go out there I know he would have run
through a brick wall for me but it wasn’t fair for me to risk him
going out there and getting an injury and potentially risking his
chances of getting another chance in the professional game.
“He’s been at Crystal Palace for two trials and was up there for
four days last week. We’re still waiting to learn what’s going to
happen but we’re expecting good news for him. We’ll know more by
the end of the week, hopefully.”
Bay visit Tooting on Saturday after suffering a 3-0 home defeat
to a youthful Charlton Athletic side in the Kent Senior Cup
quarter-final on Wednesday night.
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