Bromley Football Club can announce that Academy Scholar Liam Vincent has signed for EFL League One side Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
The 18 year old Bromley born left-back has a long association with the Club which has seen him become a fan, having first arrived at Hayes Lane in the Youth Section, playing for the U14s. Following this, Vincent progressed up the age groups at the Club, before joining the Academy at the age of 16.
Having come through the pathway from Youth to Academy, he combined his education and studies at Ravensbourne School alongside daily training sessions. Following impressive performances for his Academy side, he was invited to train with the First Team squad, and it was here where he would really make his mark.
Soon after, he signed First Team forms and became one of the Club’s ‘First Year Professionals’, whilst also continuing to play in the Academy setup. Not only this, but he also heavily featured for Roger Johnson’s U23s, meaning he was plying his trade across three different Bromley teams!
Vincent was heavily involved in the U18s’ FA Youth Cup journey this season, which saw them reach the Third Round for the first time ever, under the leadership of Jamel Wojtczak, Steve Aris, Tom Beaumont and Neil Salmon. Not only this, but Liam featured in all of the five rounds played, scoring in three of them, including the equaliser in a memorable 2-1 win over his new side, Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
In December 2020 came another memorable moment for the youngster. In an FA Trophy fixture against Hemel Hempstead Town at Hayes Lane, Vincent would make his First Team debut, coming on to replace James Alabi.
He would then go on to make his National League debut as a substitute in the Ravens’ 2-0 win over King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday, 9th February. It was a milestone for Vincent, who, at the time commented;
“Making my debut in the League did feel different, because it has been my aim this season to feature in the National League and doing that was special. It’s something I’ve been working towards not only this year but coming up through the youth teams and u23s. It was brilliant and I certainly won’t forget it.”
He would go on to make another substitute appearance, before making his first senior start for the Club in a 2-2 draw against Wealdstone at Hayes Lane, a proud moment for Vincent, his family and the Club’s Academy. Following this, Vincent made a further four appearances, three of which were starts.
Vincent now moves to the South coast to join up with his new team mates for the 2021/22 season. Everyone at the Club wishes Liam all the best and we look forward to following his progress in the years to come.