Born: 29 April 1998 (Northfleet, England)
Attacker Shilow Tracey has been a lynchpin of our Under-23 side in recent seasons.
After making his senior debut in a first team pre-season friendly match away to Girona in August, 2018, he spent the bulk of the first half of the 2018/19 season on the sidelines through injury but returned to make 13 appearances for our Development Squad in all competitions, scoring in a Premier League International Cup tie against Athletic Bilbao in January, 2019.
Operating up front, either through the middle or out wide, Shilow joined our Academy from Ebbsfleet United in January, 2016. He made his one and only senior appearance for the Fleet, 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.
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 during 2016/17, 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.
In 2017/18, he played 26 times across all competitions at Development Squad level, scoring three goals.