1½ hour of its base – even then the boy must not be moving into the area for that purpose i.e. it can only be for family and not football reasons e.g. maybe the parent(s) moves jobs / positions to enhance his/her career.
2. If the boy is an EU/EEA citizen then he can sign as a Scholar aged 16, not before.
3. If the boy is not an EU/EEA citizen then the earliest he can sign is aged 18 and even then it is dependent upon eligibility for a Work Permit.
Our scouts attend international youth tournaments around the world. In this way we see players that may be of a suitable standard to join our Academy.