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Sittingbourne defender Lex Allan on Premier League speculation

By Craig Tucker

Lex Allan is attracting Premier League interest just a few months after playing park football with his friends.

It’s an amazing story for the 18-year-old Sittingbourne defender who last season turned out for Eastern Athletic in the Sheppey Sunday League.

The 6ft 7in centre-half was due to be watched by champions Chelsea in a League Cup tie against Merstham on Tuesday and has an offer to train with Crystal Palace for a week.

Sittingbourne defender Lex Allan Picture: Phil Lee
Sittingbourne defender Lex Allan Picture: Phil Lee

Championship clubs Aston Villa, Birmingham, Reading and QPR are also tracking the teenager, who has already trained with Millwall after just half a dozen appearances for Bostik South Brickies.

Allan said: “There’s been a lot of clubs interested - it’s just mad. My family and friends are as amazed as I am.

“I was looking through the internet and there’s all these stories about me - I can’t believe it.

“It’s all new to me. It’s a good thing because it makes me notice that I’ve got a bit of potential there maybe and might be a better player than I thought I was.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer but it’s been more of a dream than anything else.

“If an offer came in I’d have a think about it, have a word with the club and the family and friends and see what’s best.

“I wouldn’t rush into a decision but if it was a big club offering me better coaching and things like that then it’s a no-brainer.”

Allan grew up on nearby Sheppey, attending Queenborough Primary School and the Oasis Academy.

He played for Range Rovers youth teams before joining Eastern Athletic and also featured for Sheppey Reserves.

He signed for Sittingbourne in the summer after impressing boss Nick Davis at pre-season training, having been recommended by coach Aslan Odev.

Allan went on contract last month as word of his talent spread.

He said: “I hoped I would get something when I went along to Sittingbourne.

“Aslan’s always said I had the ability but I’ve never really pushed myself so for one season I thought ‘let’s give it my all and see if someone notices me’.

“Nick’s taken a risk and it’s worked out well for him and for me.”

Allan felt comfortable when he trained at Millwall and, with Palace to come, there will be further chances to impress as the big boys consider a move.

He said: “I was training with the under-23s and some of the first team who were recovering from injuries.

“To play with that quality, it’s just amazing.

“I thought I did well, played it easy, did what I was meant to do and didn’t muck up.”

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