Boreham Wood have secured the signing of Watford’s highly-rated young forward Michael Folivi on a long-term loan.

A Premier League debutant at just 18-years-old, Folivi played his first game for the Hornets against league rivals Stoke City. Described as a ‘tricky goalscorer’, the 5ft 11in forward will add further quality and depth to Luke Garrard’s squad in the race for the playoffs.

The 19-year-old is the second Premier League forward to sign for the Wood in January, with Garrard also adding AFC Bournemouth’s Joe Quigley to his ranks. Having been in the stands for the Wood’s match against Leyton Orient, Folivi admitted his delight at the football on display: “I am very pleased. For me, any sort of men’s football right now is perfect.

“I will be honest, before coming down to Boreham Wood, I didn’t really have the best of ideas of what National League football was really like. But being around training, and watching the match against Leyton Orient, I am impressed on how high the level is.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be as high a quality as it is, so I know I am coming into a good side. Going forward, Watford thought that it was best for me to get out and play first team football, and speaking to the gaffer, I thought that this was the best option for me, it is what I need.”

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