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Teenager gets Bristol chance

Date Posted: 06/09/2018

As if his week hasn't already been exciting enough after 'that goal', Guernsey midfielder Charlton Gauvain has been invited to train with Championship side Bristol City's U23 squad.

The teenager was in the Robins' youth system a few years ago before returning to Guernsey. Having made his debut for the Green Lions in late 2016 and progressed over a full season with the Tony Vance's side last campaign, he has starred in GFC's four games this season, with Vance saying just this week that Gauvain has stepped up a gear this season and should be playing at a higher level.

Vance has been very impressed with how the youngster has started the season, "Charlton has started this season really well, he has flown out of the blocks."

"Charlton is very focused, he has shown a good attitude and has noticeably grown in strength, he is starting to make a great impact on games, his spectacular goal was testament to this.

"We have strong links with Bristol City, and regular contact with Brian Tinnion who has been keeping a close eye on Charlton. Brian has been instrumental in offering Charlton this wonderful opportunity to review his progress."

Vance will accompany the youngster to Bristol, while also taking the opportunity to observe training for the week.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Charlton, and gives him a chance to show how much he has developed playing men's football in a challenging, competitive non-league environment," he said, whilst keen to highlight the opportunity young footballers now have in Guernsey.

"I am proud that we've offered a young Guernsey player a platform to play 47 games at this level - it's a great apprenticeship for a youngster, arguably more challenging than academy football. It goes to show what Guernsey FC can offer talented young players.

"We've seen James Hamon get an opportunity, going on to be signed by Exeter after being involved with our club. This is another example for the fantastic launchpad that Guernsey FC can provide."

The 17-year-old was thrilled to have the opportunity to prove himself at a higher level and give himself the opportunity of making it as a professional.

"I am excited for this chance," Gauvain told GuernseyFC.com. "I have been to Bristol before but this time I have much more experience from playing senior football with GFC. I'm really grateful to GFC for giving me that platform to improve and give myself a chance of keeping my dream of playing professional football alive"