Sure-footed striker Aaron Dodd is a 10-year-old whizz-kid whose dexterous skills have attracted the attention of scouts working for the Premiership’s current high-flyers.
His six goals – four of them scored in one game – were enough to secure him a place in the club’s creme-de-la-creme academy team at a competition in Warwick this weekend.
And if his net-finding form continues he is likely to get selected for a round of games back in Cobham which will see him line up against contemporaries from Bayern Munich, Real Sociedad and Liverpool.
Proud dad Phil said of the protege: ‘He’s really developed quite well over the last six months. I think he’s a pretty special player.’
Aaron plays in the Pioneer League for WBB under-11s and is attached to the Chelsea Academy facility run at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton.
Phil is hoping his lad sticks at the game.
‘But you never know. He might get fed up!’ he said.