Youth football expert delighted for new Gillingham recruit Richard Asamoah

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The Kinetic Academy in South London has recently seen its 63rd player leave youth football for a professional contract in the Football League.

The latest to make the graduation to the professional game is left-sided defender Richard Asamoah who has signed for Gillingham in League Two after a lengthy trial at Priestfields.

He joins the likes of Makhaya James at Colchester United and Jake Tones of Sutton United to go from the Kinetic Academy to League Two youth teams.

The foundation’s founder, Harry Hudson, spoke exclusively to The Football Wonderkids about Asamoah’s play style and his beaming pride at seeing him return to the professional circuit after missing out in the academies previously.

“Richard is really technically-gifted and a naturally left-footed player,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “Similar mould to someone like Modric who is really good at dribbling out of trouble.

“He came to us as a winger but he’s been signed as a left-sided defender which is similar to a lot of the boys we’ve had over the years.

“I’m really proud of him as it has taken him a long time to get back to where he should be which is professional football so hopefully, he can stay in there now and really kick on.”

Gills have not had the start to life back in League Two that they were hoping for after last season’s relegation as they sit 20th in the English fourth tier having scored just two goals all season.

They are still two points clear of the drop zone after 10 matches but haven’t won since their second game of the season at home to Rochdale, who sit 23rd.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson won’t allow his foundation to favour working with one select group of clubs to keep their options wide open.