Maidstone United under 16s player Bivesh Gurung (pictured back row, third from the left) is taking up a scholarship with Crystal Palace.
The midfielder, who joined his hometown club 18 months ago, was scouted while playing for Maidstone and the county representative team. After a series of trials that took place over five months, he was offered terms with the south London side.
Speaking of his move, Bivesh said: “I honestly can’t thank MUFC enough for the experience and opportunities they have provided for me, helping me secure my place at a professional club.
“Biggest thanks to Steve and Bob [team managers] who have worked very hard with me through this time and helped me strengthen my playing ability.
“Lastly, thank you to my team mates – who are also my good friends off the pitch – for all that they do and for making MUFC a truly fantastic experience.
“My time here was an unforgettable one.”
Bivesh starts his full time scholarship with Palace this July.