Will Goodwin is the Chester FC academy graduate to move further up the English footballing pyramid as he signs for Stoke City.
The youngster is already the 16th player to make the transition from academy graduate to the first team at the Deva Stadium since the club was founded in 2010.
Goodwin joined the Chester academy when he was just nine years of age and hasn’t looked back since. The talented youngster was confident and assured from the start and impressed the club hierarchy. He also captained the Under-18 side during their FA Youth Cup campaign last season.
The young striker justified his captaincy role as he scored six goals in four matches, showing his potential to be a starter.
Goodwin was given his debut with the first team last January at the age of 17 in an FA Trophy match away at Royston Town. He then made a further 10 appearances to end the season with 11 games under his belt, scoring once in an FA Trophy victory over Bradford Park Avenue.
The transfer includes a sell-on clause and other potential add-ons and makes Goodwin the fourth Chester academy graduate to sign for a Premier League or Football League side. He follows in the footsteps of Sam Hughes, James Jones and Tom Crawford as Chester’s academy continues to churn out talented players with every new campaign.
Chester manager Anthony Johnson remarked that he and his joint managing partner Bernard Morley are gutted to be losing the talented youngster. He further added that the technical ability of the player has improved leaps and bounds as he was in and around the first team now for the last 12 months. Goodwin was also praised by the managers for his dynamism on the pitch and his work rate.
The striker’s Stoke career will begin with the U23s setup managed by Kevin Russell and David Hibbert.