Arsenal have announced that they have completed the signing of Cohen Bramall from Hednesford Town.
The transfer of the 20-year-old had been expected since last week when he spoke openly about his trial with the Gunners, and both clubs are now in a position to confirm that they move has been finalised.
Bramall has moved to North London for an undisclosed fee, but it has been widely reported that the fee for the left-back is in the region of £40,000, with Hednesford expected to receive add-ons should the move prove to be a success.
The switch marks a remarkable rise for Bramall, who began the season only on trial at Northern Premier League side Hednesford, who play at the seventh tier of English football.
During the first two months of the season, Bramall impressed with his lightning pace down the left flank and he was soon offered a trial with Crystal Palace, where we impressed in a behind-closed-doors fixture.
Bramall had expected to train with the Under-23 squad but he was invited to take part in sessions with the first team, where he did enough to impress Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff.
Arsene Wenger had to say about Arsenal’s newest signing, Cohen Bramall
“He is a young, promising left back who has a lack of experience at the top level but who has fantastic ingredients,” he told Arsenal Player.
“He has tremendous pace, a good left foot, a great desire to do well. Overall, he’s a very exciting prospect.”
He will begin life at Arsenal with the second-string but after signing what is believed to be a two-and-a-half year contract at the Emirates Stadium, he is regarded as a potential first-team player for the future.
The former Hednesford Town full back, speaking to Arsenal Player, said of his move: ‘It feels incredible. I can’t believe I’m here already. It’s been mental.
‘It’s been crazy. I played for Hednesford Town. I had been there for about five months and the manager was Lee McDonald who really took me on.
‘I wanted to be a left winger and he said in front of my mum and dad “no I want you to be a left back”.
‘I was new to it but I played left back for him and he gave me a lot of confidence to be a proper left back