Brandon Taverner: “This is the break I've needed for such a long time”
Brandon Taverner says he will be working hard to reach the level he wants to in professional football after winning the FootballCV Academy Scholar competition at the weekend.
The 17-year-old striker was chosen above 23 other finalists at the Borderville Sports Complex by a panel of judges, which included Leicester City scout Dave McNish and former England striker Tony Cottee.
FootballCV's Gary Brown, Steve Welsh and Simon Orwin were also present to help with the selection process, in the competition that was run in partnership with Four Four Two Performance.
After being announced as the winner, Taverner said: “I'm just excited to be honest. At the beginning I didn't know many people but then I started getting into my style of play and took things in my stride.
“I felt going through the games I was performing better because I was getting more touches and just felt more comfortable.
“I had to switch between one team and the other which was a weird experience as I haven't had to do that before.
“But I think it showed, in my head, the reason they did that was because they thought I was a good player and they wanted to see how I would get on in a different formation.”
The striker has been eagerly looking for an opportunity to showcase his talents and is pleased he now has a platform where he can further develop his skills.
He added: “I went to a couple of trials at Barnet and Arsenal, I didn't get picked up but I didn't give up because I knew an opportunity would come around again and it has.
“I've had a couple of games in men's football and I know what I'm doing. I can adapt and I'll do the best I can to get to the level I want to.”