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English club Fulham sign Singaporean football talent Ben Davis

Singaporean football talent Ben Davis has signed a two-year scholarship deal with English club Fulham.

The 16-year-old is one of the ten new Fulham scholars for the 2017-18 season, and he is the first Singaporean to join an English outfit in more than a decade since national defender Daniel Bennett turned out for Wrexham in 2003.

“Fulham FC has recently announced the signing of Ben Davis as a first-year scholar with the Academy,” a club spokesman confirmed, as quoted by Channel News Asia.

“Ben Davis is the first scholar to sign from Singapore, there is an interesting cohort this year and we will see,” Fulham academy director Huw Jennings told the club’s official website.

Born in Phuket, Thailand, Ben gained Singapore citizenship in 2009, and has since represented the country at the youth level. He has been included in the national squad for the AFC Under-18 Championship qualifiers in October.