Bromley Football Club are delighted to announce that Academy graduate Aiden Enver has signed his first professional contract, and will move up to the Club’s 1st team and Under-23 squad in the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Enver, 18, has put pen to paper with the Ravens and will link up with Neil Smith’s squad ahead of the opening day fixture against AFC Fylde.
Aiden made his first team debut back in April 2017 away to Gateshead, when he came on as a 17 year old and assisted Louis Dennis with his second goal in a 2-0 victory. Since then, Aiden has been developing in the academy, becoming part of the FA Youth Cup squad which reached its furthest ever stage, scoring against Stevenage, as well as earning several minutes in pre-season fixtures.
Enver will now work towards establishing himself in the Under-23 side, and eventually push for a first-team place. Aiden has become the 2nd player behind Jordan Higgs to progress from the Academy to represent the senior side.
Academy Director Mark Hammond said: “Many congratulations to Aiden who has signed his first professional contract at Bromley Football Club; this is where the hard work starts! It is just the start of a new and exciting journey and if he continues to apply himself and fulfils his potential, this club will offer him the chance to have a successful career in the game.
“Last season 8 more players of from our Academy made their first-team debuts (Kent senior cup) which ultimately provides inspiration and incentives to the talented group of players we now have at Bromley Football Club. The foundations have been laid over the past two years from all the staff who drive the vision on a daily basis. There is a clear pathway from our Academy – to a potential career in professional football and now it is up to these players, especially Aiden, to take the opportunity.
Enver was delighted to be rewarded for his successful spell in the academy, and added: “When I finished at Forest Hill School, I was advised by my teacher, Kris Hollidge, to go to an open trial at Bromley. I was successful, and was offered a two year scholarship. I worked very hard in training and in matches, and it wasn’t long before Neil Smith asked me to train with the first team, and I then made my debut at 17.”
He was also keen to thank those who had helped him along the way: “Pre-season this year has been tough, but after getting through it with some good performances and results, I was offered a first team contract. I want to thank Danny Mills, Mark Hammond and Alan Dunne who have particularly helped me integrate into the first team from the academy, as well as my family who’ve been behind me all the way. I’m ready for the challenge and I can’t wait to get my chance.”