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Scott dreaming big as he continues City venture

Alex Scott can look back on a brilliant 12 months as far as his personal development goes at City, after earning a professional contract with the club.

The 17-year-old signed for the Academy as a scholar at the start of 2020 and progressed his way through Under-18s and Under-23s football.

Now the exciting attacking midfielder has been awarded his first professional contract with the Robins, to cap off a week to remember after being in the first team matchday squad against Swansea City on Saturday.

Alex Scott interview: Watch in full

Scott told Robins TV: “I’m delighted. A lot of hard work has gone into this over the past few years. I signed on as a scholar a year ago and to be rewarded with a professional contract now is a very proud moment for me and my family.”

Scott’s progression since arriving at the Robins from Guernsey FC has been a delight to see and he has benefitted from being around the first team environment in recent weeks, as he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Ryley Towler, Opi and Owura Edwards, Sam Bell and Sam Pearson this season.

“It’s been brilliant,” Scott continued. “I’ve really enjoyed it. We had a young bench on Saturday and there’s a lot of young players training. You see Antoine Semenyo, Tyreeq Bakinson and Zak Vyner; they’re all important to us younger players and we look up to them because we’ve seen what they’ve been through with their loans and now they’re doing it for the first team here.”

He said: “It was a brilliant experience. The average age of the bench was 19 and I was with players like Bell and Pearson who I’ve trained with the past year. To be with them on the bench and share the experience was special for us. In the future hopefully we can play some more games but we’re happy to be here and train with the first team.”

Scott joined Southampton’s Academy aged eight and after being released four years later, he spent a period at AFC Bournemouth before taking time out of the game. He would later sign for Guernsey, where he played men’s football and became the Green Lion’s youngest-ever player at 16, before he made the move to City in January 2020.

He’s now looking to a big future with the Robins and is determined to make the most of his opportunity as he sees the potential around him.

He said: “Look at the stadium and the training ground being built, it’s clear what the future holds. The Premier League is where the club wants to be and hopefully I can be a part of that…make the first team and play as many games as possible.

“That’s every kids dream,” he added. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me.”

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