It’s a very happy new year for Sandwell College sports student Ahkeem Rose, who has been offered an 18-month professional contract with Grimsby Town FC.

Successful trialist Ahkeem was studying the college’s West Bromwich Albion Foundation Football Academy programme, but was scouted by The Mariners after impressing with his performance for the Youth Team.

Grimsby Town’s Academy Manager Neil Woods, who had worked with the young striker previously at Walsall FC, told Town’s official website: “He’s a very quick striker, scores goals, and he’s got a fantastic work ethic.

“He’s done very well since he came here. He’s scored three goals in three games, had an hand in another goal. He’s giving us a focal point for our attacks, he works very hard off of the ball as well.

“He’s generally a top lad to have around.”

Sandwell College’s Sport Studies lecturer Joshua Greaves said: “We are so proud of what Ahkeem has achieved by earning himself a professional contract. He represented our WBA Foundation Academy’s first team at the college and was always one of the stand-out players on the pitch.

“As staff we look forward to seeing his career take off because he deserves the opportunity. “This just shows that if you have the talent to succeed, our football academy at Sandwell College will give players the skills and opportunities to further their footballing ability.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

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