Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Joseph Tomlinson from Yeovil Town, and the defender will link up with the under-23 squad on 1st July.
The 17-year-old will join the club once his current deal expires with Yeovil on 30th June.
Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “We are delighted to welcome Joseph to the club.
“He is a talented young defender who has progressed well at Yeovil, and will strengthen our defensive options going into the new season.
“I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses, and we are keen to contribute towards his future development as a footballer.”
Tomlinson arrived at Yeovil in May 2016 on a scholarship deal, and has been part of the Glovers’ under-18 squad for the past two seasons.
He began his club career at Southampton and was part of the club’s under-15 academy side that reached the Milk Cup Final in 2015.
New Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 defender Joseph Tomlinson reflected on a ‘dream move’ having agreed a deal to join the club on 1st July.
He said, “I’m delighted to be able to say that I am a Brighton player and I’ve always dreamed about signing my first contract.
“I learned of their interest very quickly; I came on trial and I am happy that we got a deal done.
“This is the next step in my development, I am really looking forward to it and hopefully I can move on to the next level of football.”
Tomlinson highlighted his attributes as a player and is looking forward to joining the club’s under-23 squad at such an exciting time following their promotion.
“I am an attacking full-back; I like to get forward and score goals, but I also know how to keep my discipline.
“I defend well, I am very good at one-v-ones and stopping goals as well as scoring them.
“I’ve been following how well the team has done; I watched the County Cup Final and it’s great to come at such an important time for the under-23s.
“It’ll be great to play against such great teams following promotion, and it’s just a dream come true.”
The youngster also praised the backing he’s received from Rusk, and has his eyes set on breaking into the first team in the future.
“He’s [Rusk] put a lot of faith in me and given me confidence. I just want to come back in pre-season and show what I can do.
“My long-term aim will be to get to the first team and play many times for this football club.
“We have a great manager here [Chris Hughton] and I’ve heard that he likes to give youth a chance, so hopefully I will have a chance to work with him in the future.”