FARNHAM Town youngster Kai Tanner has signed for Football League club Sutton United on a scholarship.
Kai has progressed through Farnham’s under-18s, under-23s and first team. Joining the Gander Green Lane outfit is the latest step in his career, which includes a three-year spell at Chelsea.
Farnham chairman, and Kai’s dad, Paul Tanner was bursting with pride.
“I couldn’t ask for more,” he said. “Kai has worked really hard for it. He’s shown effort and commitment.
“He’s always had a lot of ability, and was kicking a ball around at three. A Fulham scout was impressed and kept an eye on him.
“Kai’s first youth game was actually for Badshot Lea, but he came to Farnham as part of Ben Pullen’s squad when he was seven.
“Kai signed for Chelsea at nine and had three years there. He moved to Brighton for a short period before deciding to stick to grassroots football. He also had a trial at Portsmouth.”
As Kai worked his way up Farnham’s youth system, Paul explained how his son caught Sutton’s eye.
“Farnham drew Sutton in the Surrey Cup,” said Paul. “Marvin Williams, who is now Sutton’s academy manager, spoke to me and said they were interested in Kai then.
“For the past year Kai has been on an education scheme with Sutton at Carshalton College, but to now be given a two-year scholarship is a massive step.
“The timing of Sutton’s promotion to the Football League has been perfect. Thankfully Kai’s made the next step now.”
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