Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a 20 year old defender, currently on the books of AFC Sudbury. At present, the Suffolk club have openly transfer-listed Tyler French, with them having touted him for a move since late February, presumably in the hope of engineering a move to a Football League side, and thus a cash windfall. He has just completed a trial with League One side Charlton Athletic, where he played for their Under-23 side, and the Suffolk Free Press state that Yeovil Town have recently expressed an interest in him, with Barnsley having also looked at him in the past.
AFC Sudbury play in the Isthmian League North Division, and thus are currently three divisions below the Glovers. French is a product of their Academy system and made his first team debut for them at the age of 17 years old. However, first team manager Mark Morsley made the decision to transfer-list the player in late February, citing a dip in form that he felt was the sign of a player needing a fresh challenge in the game. Earlier that month, the Non-League Paper had cited French in a list of Under-23 players featuring in the top four divisions of non-league football that they felt could make the step up. They said of French:
"Came close to a move to Crystal Palace at the end of 2016 before it broke down at the 11th hour. The AFC Sudbury defender, who also had time with Leicester City and nearby Ipswich Town, is now getting back to the levels that saw professional clubs interested in him. Has played full-back and centre-back, he has the talent to step up to the full-time game."
French is contracted with AFC Sudbury and they are expecting a fee to be paid by any interested club. The same paper claims that Peterborough United are also interested, although there is no detail on what that interest entails. Barnsley have stated they are not planning to place a bid until they know which division they are playing in next season. His current manager Morsley explained the current situation regarding his player:
"He had a very successful two games with Charlton and apparently was the man of the match against Bolton. I know conversations have been going on and expect to have more of them over the next week. Now we have got another pro club interested in him which happens to be Yeovil Town. But he has done very well at Charlton. I have had some dialogue with Paul Hayes (his agent and Sudbury team-mate) who has had dialogue with them. I understand saying he is good and the conversations are whether he goes into a first-team squad situation, in which case it would be waiting for the transfer window. And if that does happen he will be with us until the end of the season."
The interest in French would appear to have occurred since the departure of former first team manager Darren Way and therefore is probably sourced from Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon, who is due to be the club's Sporting Director next season. The tendency under Way's tenure was for the club not to target players at non-league level, with Way preferring to concentrate on Under-21/Under-23 players in the Premier League 2 divisions. The interest in French would suggest a swing back to that approach.
Despite being only 20 years old, French has made over 100 appearances for AFC Sudbury during the three seasons that he has been playing as a first teamer for their club.
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