Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that former Brighton and Hove Albion and Northampton Town midfielder Alistair Slowe has now penned a contract at the club.
The 22 year old was born in Brighton on October 16th 1988, and began life as a Seagulls Youth player, although dropped out of their ranks at the age of 14. With his family holding business interests in Ghana, Slowe commenced his senior career as a teenager with Cantonments, before switching to Cyprus club Onisilos Sotira, spending two years with both clubs.
In July 2010, Slowe signed a one year contract with League Two side Northampton Town but failed to make a first team appearance with the Cobblers. He was released from his contract shortly after the arrival of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson as manager.
Slowe's rumoured connection with Yeovil Town began in early May when his Wikipedia entry was updated to indicate that he had signed a deal with the Glovers. However, that was never confirmed, and his role in pre-season has largely been that of a fringe bench-warmer, often being co-opted into the Under-18s side, although his age means that he will not be eligible for that level of football.
Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton confirmed that Slowe had signed a 'development contract' at the club, and that he was bracketing him in with the trio of first year professionals who graduated from the Youth Team last season, with Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke and Rhys Baggridge stepping up from playing for the Under-18s. Skiverton suggested that all four could challenge for first team places, but that this would be a gradual process:
"We've got Alistair (Slowe) in on a development contract. He'll be with the likes of Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke and Baggy (Rhys Baggridge) and the young players that we're having a look at. So yes, he's another addition to it (the squad). It's going to take time, because there are aspects that he has got to work on, like all of the development players have got to. We'll be seeing them hopefully try to push for a place in our first team squad."
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