SOLIHULL Moors have announced the season-long loan signing of goalkeeper Tommy Simkin from Stoke City, subject to League and FA approval.
Simkin featured for Moors in pre-season and is an England under-18’s international.
The goalkeeper signed a new long-term deal with parent club Stoke before heading on loan to the ARMCO Arena.
Moors head coach, Andy Whing, said: “I’m really pleased to get him in, he’s been with us the last couple games.
“He’s an England under-18’s international, one with a bright future ahead of him. I think really highly of him, I’m delighted to get him in.”
Stoke’s technical director, Ricky Martin, added: “Tommy has benefitted from the opportunity he has earned to train with Jonathan Gould and the first team goalkeeping group in the past few months.
“We have a clear pathway and plan for each of our young players and, for Tommy as a goalkeeper, the chance to go and play senior football is integral to his development.
“For Tommy to be able to experience such a good level on loan at his age is a credit to him.”
The 18-year-old started his footballing career as a centre-back before moving in between the sticks at the age of 13.
The highly-rated youngster started for Moors against Banbury United and Nuneaton Borough, keeping a clean sheet against the former and conceding just one goal against the latter across the two matches.
Simkin makes the step-up to the National League following brief spells with AFC Fylde and Hanley Town.