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Academy product Armitage completes transfer to Southampton

2 February 2022

Cheltenham Town can confirm the transfer of teenage defender Will Armitage to Southampton.

The 16-year-old moves to the Premier League club for an undisclosed fee having progressed through the academy system at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

He is the latest talented academy product at the club to earn a move up the English football pyramid after an impressive season which has seen him make two first team appearances in the Papa John's Trophy in matches against Exeter City and Chelsea under-21s.

Starting his scholarship at the start of pre-season, Armitage was immediately involved in the first team squad, training during the preparations for the new campaign and catching the eye in a number of pre-season friendlies.

He has spent time on loan at Southern League Division One South side Evesham United to accelerate his development, while also playing a notable role in the under-18s FA Youth Cup campaign which saw the team reach the fourth round of this season's competition.

Armitage joined the academy set-up as an under-15s player from the North Somerset Development Centre.

He spent his time as an under-16s player playing an age group up in the EFL Youth Alliance, training and playing with the under-18s as part of the academy player pathway programme.

Having attracted significant interest this season, he has now confirmed a move to Southampton, and we wish him the best of luck with his future at St Mary's Stadium.

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