FCV scholar Brandon Taverner joins Oxford United
FCV International Football Academy graduate Brandon Taverner has signed for Oxford United after completing his scholarship last season.
The 19-year-old striker formerly had trials at Arsenal and Barnet, but was playing Sunday League football when he found out about a competition to win a two-year scholarship at FCV.
Having come out on top in his regional trials, Taverner competed at the national stage with 23 other budding footballers, and was picked out by a panel of judges which included former England striker Tony Cottee.
Graham Starmer, FCV Academy managing director, said: "We're delighted for Brandon, it's the opportunity he's been working towards from the moment he walked in the door at the Garden House.
"This is a tremendous reward for his enthusiasm and dedication over the last couple of years. For us to be sharing in the success of another player so soon after Manny Oyeleke signed for Port Vale is great news for FCV Academy, but more importantly, for the players here.
"For them to see firsthand the opportunities that are available to them, with the right application and willingness to listen to the excellent coaching team we have here and put that into practice is very encouraging. We wish Brandon well and look forward to helping the next player who can follow him in progressing along the pathway."
Grant Brown, FCV Academy manager, added: "The difference between what he came with and what he had at the end of his time with us was huge. He really got his head down and had a real focus on what he wanted to do.
"He's dedicated himself to it and you get out what you put in. He asked all the right questions and always wanted to know what he could do better. He wanted to become a better footballer and we've helped him do that."