Former Yeovil Town Academy player Kingsley Latham has gone out on loan for first team experience. The Southampton keeper has signed an agreement with Southern League Premier South side Dorchester Town that will keep him at the Avenue Stadium until January 2018.
The 19 year old has been present in Dorset throughout pre-season, although officially as a trialist. That anonymity didn't last too long when Yeovil Town arrived for a pre-season friendly on July 24th, with some fans able to recognise Latham between the sticks from his time with the Yeovil Town Under-18 side. He didn't have the best of nights against his old club, given he allowed a speculative Yoann Arquin 40 yard drive to squirm underneath him for the opening goal. But it appears that across the whole pre-season schedule he has done enough to impress Dorchester's management team.
Magpies boss Steve Thompson admits that he didn't know a lot about Latham when he took him on trial. However, just before he left Dorchester for Exeter City, former Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale gave Thommo a tip-off and suggested that he should look at him. Steve told the Daily Echo how he got to know him:
"Obviously Kingsley is a goalkeeper and we needed to bring one in. Chris Weale recommended him – I knew nothing about him. I spoke to Southampton Academy and they were keen for him to go out and get that experience of men's football that Kingsley needs. He's a very big lad, 6'4" or 6'5" and he's learning the game. I think he's a good prospect and hopefully he can develop very quickly as has happened with other players that have joined the club."
Kingsley left Yeovil Town in February 2017 after a short trial with Southampton, with the Glovers receiving an undisclosed compensation fee under the EPPP Academy system rules. He was initially given a contract until June 2018, but Southampton have now extended that by a year, to run until next summer.
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