Youth team striker seals Championship switch
Youth team striker Freddie Hinds has become the latest player to step off the Hatters’ academy production line and move to a higher level club by signing for Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.
Following on from defender Cameron McJannett’s transfer to Premier League Stoke City in the August transfer window, Hinds – who turned 18 on Saturday – has now secured a move up the EFL pyramid.
The second-year scholar starred as Paul Driver’s Under-18s won the league and cup double last season and made his senior debut as a substitute in the Checkatrade Trophy win over West Brom in October.
Manager Nathan Jones said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the boy. It’s a deal that suits both clubs in terms of the value we put on Freddie, and Bristol City have met that.
“We haven’t been forced to sell. He’s a young player and he’ll go into Bristol City’s Under-23 side as the next part of his development, but we don’t see him as impacting on our senior squad.
“We have others coming through and we don’t see Freddie getting a chance ahead of them in the first team any time soon. It was only right that we let him go for the opportunity and we wish him well for his future career.”
The Potton-based youngster joined the Hatters as an Under-8 and leaves with two senior appearances to his name, his second also coming as a substitute in the Checkatrade Trophy game against Millwall.
All at Kenilworth Road will be watching his progress with interest and wish Freddie all the best at Bristol City!