Fulham Academy Director Huw Jennings has explained the reasoning behind their move for Raith Rovers starlet Kieron Bowie.
The 17-year-old will move to Craven Cottage at the end of this season following a promising season in League One. So far, he’s netted 10 goals with five assists in 29 games.
It’s been a fruitful introduction to senior football. He made his debut last season against Montrose but this term has provided him with a full term of professional football with John McGlynn’s side.
Bowie’s form and potential was always going to catch the eye though and indeed it has. Fulham have moved to secure his services for what is believed to be a six-figure sum and a future sell-on fee, should he progress at Craven Cottage.
Raith first spotted him playing with Fife Elite. Bowie was brought into train with the team he supported as a boy whilst still in secondary school and hasn’t looked back since.
In an official Raith announcement, Jennings says Bowie is ‘ideally suited’ to Fulham: “We are delighted that Kieron will be joining Fulham in July. We were aware that a significant number of clubs were tracking him, and we moved very quickly last week to secure his services.
“Kieron is an exciting prospect, he is a commanding central striker for his age, he has an eye for goal and knows how to lead the line. He has an excellent temperament and is ideally suited to the Fulham way.
“We are indebted to Raith Rovers for their support in enabling Kieron and his family to visit our Motspur Park training ground last Friday to help confirm the deal for July.
“We will work closely with John McGlynn and his team of staff at Raith Rovers during the remainder of the season where Kieron will hopefully be able to help the club secure promotion to the SPFL Championship.”