Promising youngster Josh Laqeretabua has signed his first professional contract with the Addicks.
The 17-year-old, who joined the club at U9 level, was part of the U18s’ title-winning side in 2022/23 and recently represented Fiji at the U20 World Cup in Argentina.
After putting pen-to-paper on his two-year deal, the defender said: “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and now I just can’t wait to get my career kickstarted. Hopefully I can get into the U21s team consistently next season and make a few first team appearances.”
Academy Director Steve Avory added: "There’s everything to look forward to with Josh, who is an outstanding defender for his age. He first played for our U18s when he was just 16.
“He had a bit of an interrupted season last season unfortunately in his first year as a scholar with injury, but he gradually overcame that as the season progressed and proved what a good player he is.
“I think he’s very much on the radar with England but because his family are Fijian, he was recently recognised by Fiji and had an amazing experience at the U20 World Cup. It was a great challenge for him to come up against the likes of Ecuador and USA in the group stages.”
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