Forest Green Rovers have swooped to add teenage striker Olly Mehew to the club’s squad before the start of the 2016-17 season.

Mehew, who is 18 years old, moves to The New Lawn following his departure from Bristol Rovers.

He scored against Forest Green for the Pirates in the semi-finals of this season’s Gloucestershire Senior Cup, and moves to FGR as another exciting prospect that continues the youthful edge that Mark Cooper has formed in his first Rovers squad.

Head of Youth Scott Bartlett has played a key role in Mehew’s recruitment, and while the fgrBristolian will very much be part of the first team set-up alongside fellow first year pro and Academy graduate Joe Stokes; under plans being introduced by new manager Cooper, Bartlett will also have a hand in Mehew’s continued development.

Bartlett commented on Mehew’s arrival saying: “Part of my role at FGR is to provide the club with good young players we feel we can develop into first team players. While the priority is to do that through our own system, occasionally some players will become available from the outside.

“As a result of our successful youth system, we have a comprehensive programme of youth games and from that I’ve got to know Olly over the past two years during games against Bristol Rovers. He’s a good player and one we are keen to add to our ranks.”

Son of former FGR striker Dave, who played for the club in the 1999 FA Trophy final at Wembley, Mehew is a speedy attacker who at 16 was on the books at Blackburn Rovers. He spent time on loan at Mangotsfield United and Shortwood United last season.

He’ll be looking to make an impact in his first year as a professional footballer when he links up with his teammates for pre-season training at the end of the month.

Source: Forest Green Rovers

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