Born: 26 February 1999 (Enfield, England)
A midfielder who has a knack of arriving late in the box and hitting the target, Jack Roles popped up with some crucial goals for our Development Squad in 2018/19, none more so than his hat-trick on the final day of the Premier League 2 season against Derby County in April, 2019, that saw us stave off the lingering threat of relegation.
In all, he scored eight goals in 19 Premier League 2 appearances, four in four in the Premier League International Cup and one in three EFL Trophy ties - in a 4-0 win against Gillingham in October, 2018. Added to that, as one of the elder statesmen of our Under-19 UEFA Youth League side, he netted twice in seven appearances in Europe - at home and away to Inter in the group stage.
He subsequently made his senior debut for us on our pre-season tour of Asia in July, 2019, taking on Juventus and then Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.
In August, 2019, he joined League Two side Cambridge United on loan and went on to make 25 appearances, scoring five goals, over the course of the truncated 2019/20 campaign.
In September, 2020, he joined League One side Burton Albion on loan until January.
Born and bred in Enfield, Jack attended Enfield Grammar School and won a host of trophies while playing for the school football team. He also represented the school at cricket and athletics and has been at the Club since he was six.
A right-footer, Jack played twice for our Under/18s in 2014/15, making his debut as a substitute against Chelsea in February, 2015.
He made good progress in 2015/16. He had to wait until October 24, 2015, and a home game against Leicester City for his first Under-18s appearance of the campaign but he soon found his stride and by the end of that season he'd tallied 16 appearances and three goals.
He was top scorer for our Under-18s in 2016/17, netting 15 goals in 21 league games at that level, including a sparkling hat-trick away at Southampton in November, 2016. He also netted four times in as many games in the FA Youth Cup, opened his European account away to Bayer Leverkusen a month earlier in one of four games he played in the UEFA Youth League and won the IMG Cup in Florida with our Under-18s in December, 2016.
Jack made the step up to Under-23 level in 2017/18. After struggling for starts in the opening months of that season, the Cyprus Under-21 international came into the side and enjoyed a run of scoring in four consecutive games in all competitions around the end of January. In all, he made 12 appearances at Under-23 level across three different competitions while also scoring once in seven appearances in the UEFA Youth League.