Shilow Tracey joined our Academy from Ebbsfleet United in January, 2016, and made good progress in the development squad during the 2016-17 campaign.
Having arrived as a midfielder, he was often deployed as a centre-forward and picked up plenty of game time in the Premier League 2, featuring in 20 of our 22 games at that level and returning five goals, including a memorable brace as we came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Sunderland in November, 2016.
He also appeared three times in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League - the fixtures for which mirrored those of the first team in the Champions League.
Shilow made his one and only senior appearance for Ebbsfleet, then of National League South, in a Kent Senior Cup tie against Charlton Athletic in September, 2014, before playing a key role in the non-league outfit’s impressive FA Youth Cup run in the opening months of 2015-16, where they won through five rounds – starting from the preliminary stage – before losing out to AFC Wimbledon in the second round proper.
Shilow was invited to travel with our Academy side to the IMG Cup in Florida in December, 2015, where he scored twice in three appearances before making a permanent move to the club the following month.
He concluded the 2015-16 campaign having played 10 times for our Under-18s, scoring once in a 4-3 home win over West Bromwich Albion in February, 2016.
28 November 2016
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