Braintree Town have boosted their play-off hopes with the signing of young Tottenham Hotspur striker Ryan Loft.

The 18-year-old is expected to be in the Iron’s squad for their home game against top five rivals Eastleigh on Saturday after joining on a `work experience` loan from the Barclays Premier League giants.

Loft is a towering striker whose tally of 13 goals made him Spurs` second highest scorer in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League last season.

Playing twenty-five times in that competition last term, he made three substitute appearances in the FA Youth Cup and stepped up for his under-21 debut when he featured off the bench at home to Norwich City in March, 2015.

He also scored the winning goal against Benfica in the final of the Premier League Under-18 Champions Cup in September, 2014, and was part of the side that secured IMG Cup glory in Florida in December 2014.

Back in 2013/14, Loft made three appearances in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League, scoring in a 5-4 defeat to Aston Villa in May, 2014, on his first start.

He was previously on the books at Dartford and Ebbsfleet United as a youngster and was a high jump champion while at school.


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