Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Official: 'No nonsense' 18-year-old signs Arsenal deal

The 18-year-old, who hails from Northern Ireland, was released as a schoolboy in 2016 and then broke his ankle while on trial with Southampton. Rejoining his local club, Stevenage, to regain fitness, Arsenal came back for him when he looked poised to sign scholarship terms.
Since then, he has progressed quickly. He featured for both the u18s and u23s last season, impressing with his no-nonsense approach to defending. The centreback also captained Arsenal’s youth team in this season’s FA Youth Cup defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster at Arsenal,”Ballard told Arsenal.com before the final.“Even looking back to when I got my scholarship I never thought I’d be in this position


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