Gloucester City have announced the loan signing of attacker Luke Thomas from Championship side Derby County.
Forest of Dean-born Thomas, who joined the Rams twelve months ago from Cheltenham Town, has initially signed for City on a one-month deal.
Having been at Cheltenham since the age of eight, he impressed during a pre-season tour of Portugal in 2015 and even earned the offer of a trial with giants Benfica.
He was instantly promoted to the Robins first-team where he made his professional debut against Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy at the age of just 16.
In January 2016 Derby signed the young forward for an undisclosed six-figure fee, beating several Premier League and Championship sides to his signature and he went straight into the under-18s.
In the summer at the age of just 17, Thomas was promoted to the under-21s having impressed immensely at Pride Park.
Brother of current Tigers right-back Keiran Thomas, he joins up to continue his development and adapt to life in senior football, showcasing his ability for City in the National League North.
“Luke is an exciting player, he can play in several positions and as we know we need more competition” said Gloucester boss Tim Harris. “We’ve had to deal recently with a horrendous injury list and to have someone of Luke’s calibre can give us a good spur to push on and he should be available for Darlington on Saturday.
“He will excite the fans on the ball with his pace and has the ability to make things happen, he’s still young but has a big future”.