Exmouth pupil on the road to pro football
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In a special week for the alumni of Exmouth Community College, Sonny Cox has signed his first professional football contract at Exeter City.
It comes just days after Ben Lane was selected for the Team GB Badminton squad and a superb achievement for Sonny, who has been with City Academy since the age of seven.
A prolific goalscorer, Sonny scored four times in the stunning 7-3 win over Crewe Alexandra in the Under-16s EFL Floodlit Cup and has attracted interest from Premier League clubs.
Speaking to the Exeter City website, Grecians manager Matt Taylor said: “He scores goals and has a huge appetite to do so like all top strikers.
"Sonny has scored goals consistently at youth level. We have got to be mindful we don’t take anything away from his game but keep on adding layers on top of what is already a very good player.
"Sonny has spent a lot of time in the first team environment, and we want him to keep developing at a certain rate and he will only do that through training well every day and getting the game time he needs. If that isn’t with the first team it will be the under-23s and the under-18s, but first we want to get him with us in pre-season."
Also speaking to the City club website, Sonny added: "I’m really looking forward to pre-season, it should be really exciting.
"It has been an amazing experience with the Academy so far, going up through the age groups, meeting new people and playing against strong opposition.”
At the other end of the pitch but just as exciting when it comes to talented prospects at St James Park, goalkeeper Harry Lee has joined Cox in signing a professional contract.
Aged just 16, Torbay youngster Harry has been another to garner a lot of admiring glances from the top level of the game.
It is yet another sign of the superb Academy system at City, with England international Ollie Watkins the finest example of where this exciting journey could end up.