Woking have signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Baxter on a season-long loan from Premier League giants Chelsea.
The teenager has understandably yet to appear for the Blues first team but made 17 appearances for National League side Solihull Moors during a loan spell earlier this year.
The London-born shot stopper has also spent time on loan at Isthmian League Premier Division side Met Police.
“Woking Football Club are delighted to announce that Nathan Baxter will be joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea from the 1st of July,” the Cards said in a statement.
“Nathan, 18, is a goalkeeper at Chelsea, currently on a three-year contract with the Blues and wanted to go out on loan for a full season to experience men’s competitive football. Nathan won an FA Youth Cup winner’s medal in 2015/16, and spent the second half of last season on loan at National League side Solihull Moors, keeping 6 clean sheets in 17 league matches.”
And Baxter, who was based in Surrey with Chelsea’s academy and development squads. is delighted to get a chance to play in the National League again.
“I’m here for a full season, I think it’s important when you come to a club that you fully commit to it,” Baxter told the Woking website.
“I want to show people that I can put together a full season of consistent National League performances. It’s a really exciting club to be at and I hope we can finish as high as possible.”
And Cards boss Anthony Limbrick is pleased that the club were able to do a deal with Chelsea.
“Nathan is a highly regarded goalkeeper who impressed me on loan at Solihull in the second half of last season,” Limbrick said.
“After speaking to Chelsea, they agreed to send him to us over other options he had. I’m delighted to have Nathan here for the season and great to have a relationship with a football club like Chelsea.”