It was reported earlier in the year that many a Premier League club was being touted with the signing of 18-year-old Dulwich Hamlet striker Daniel Carr; and with good reason.
Since being released as a winger by Reading FC he has gone on to become a superb striking force in the non-league system banging in the goals for the club that brought us such talents as Ian Wright, Alan Pardew and Marlon King.
In fact for the most part this season he has had a goal-per-game ratio for The Hamlet with an excellent record of 24 for the club. Now a non-league striker scoring 24 goals is not unheard of but his tender age made the feat far more impressive and had the big clubs interested.
Arsenal and Tottenham were credited with keeping an eye on his progress but it was Liverpool who first extended an interested arm to the talented forward, followed by Chelsea
Brendan Rodgers knew the player from his time working with the youth academy at the Berkshire club and was more than willing to give him a chance to shine. They took him in on trial and he even featured in an under-21 game against West Ham. However it appears he fell short of the quota after the interest soon diminished from Merseyside.
Well if Liverpool have a change of thought or any other Premier League teams were thinking about giving him a chance it seems now that it is all too late; Carr has signed for Championship relegation strugglers Huddersfield Town.
The teen has been on trial at the club after Mark Robins decided to run the rule over the player and has impressed sufficiently to earn himself a deal at the John Smith’s Stadium.
He will join up with his new team-mates next season as he goes back to Southwark to try and lead Gavin Rose’s men to promotion and the Isthmian League Division One South title ahead of Chris Smalling’s former team Maidstone United.
"The club has done really well to get to the front of the queue for Daniel given the level of interest in him, as well as the calibre of interested parties - we have been very proactive in making this deal happen. Daniel is a goalscorer and has terrific feet; I can see him playing up front and out wide. His task now is to continue his progression and development as a player for the rest of the season and once he joins us in the summer."
So will Premier League clubs be left rueing this missed opportunity? Watch this space and remember the name Daniel Carr.
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