Goalkeeper Brandon Austin made real progress in his second year as an Under-18s player in 2016-17.
One of four goalkeepers at that level, he started more Under-18 Premier League games than any of his peers - 13 - and started four games in our run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, winning plaudits for a magnificent string of saves in the first leg of the semi-final with Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
He also played once in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League and stepped up to make two appearances for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2.
Possessing dual US/English nationality, his performances were recognised by US Soccer chiefs and he was called up for international duty with the USA Under-18s for their Slovakia Cup campaign in April, 2017. He then picked up further experience in the States, travelling with our first team on our 2017 pre-season tour.
Born and raised in Hemel Hempstead, attending the Cavendish School, Brandon made his debut for our Under-18s against Reading in September, 2015, and played five games at that level during 2015-16, also appearing on the bench on several occasions.
Previously with Chelsea before joining our youth set-up, Brandon was part of his school basketball team who were district champions and his father was a professional basketball player.
He was a member of our young squad which won the South Korea Cup in pre-season of 2014 and lifted the IMG Cup in Florida with our Under-18s in December, 2016.
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