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🇬🇬 City gateway for Guernsey boys

Two of Guernsey’s brightest talents are following in the footsteps of Alex Scott to join City next season.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Ben Acey (pictured above) will link up with close friend and Robins Young Player of the Year Scott after signing a one-year professional contract.

Acey has been signed following a trial at the Robins High Performance Centre, including playing for City’s Under-18s against QPR and Swansea City and for the Under-23s against Charlton Under-23s in January.

The pair will be joined by 16-year-old striker Tim Ap Sion, who will arrive as a 1st year scholar in the club’s Academy.

Ap Sion scored on his senior debut for Guernsey FC in April and last month also had a successful trial with the Robins.

Tim Ap Sion with Bristol City Academy Director Brian Tinnion

The path from Guernsey to the Gate is becoming well trodden after Scott signed for City as a 16-year-old in December 2019 and progressed through the Under-18s and Under-23s to become a first team regular with 41 appearances, including 35 starts this season. 

City Academy Director Brian Tinnion said: “We’re really pleased that Ben and Tim are joining us after successful trials. The relationship with Guernsey football is now well-established – thanks to Tony Vance for his part in that – and we are looking forward to taking on the development and care of these young players.”

Guernsey FC Manager Vance is encouraged by the relationship with City, adding: “I am delighted for Ben and Tim, they both have a great opportunity.

“Alex has proven that there is some serious talent in Guernsey and whilst these two will have to work very hard and develop fast to emulate Alex's achievements, their signings has cemented our pathway link that Brian and myself have worked at over the past few years.

“Both Ben (pictured above) and Tim are in very good hands, it is over to them now. As with Alex, I am very proud to have helped them on their way and wish them well."

“It is incredible how many people follow Bristol City now on the island and I'm sure Steve Lansdown will be a proud man!

“Playing men's football for Guernsey FC is now a proven development tool for all to see and hopefully over the coming years there will be more following in these boys’ footsteps.”


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