Ex-Gunner Edge surprises Mehew by signing City deal
DAVE Mehew has hailed the signing of former Cheltenham Town and Arsenal youth starlet Jamie Edge as a significant transfer coup for Gloucester City.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who spent a year as a professional with the Gunners and then West Bromwich Albion, has penned a deal to play for his home-town club.
Born in Gloucester and a former pupil at Churchdown School, Edge has been without a club to call home since his release by the Baggies last summer.
Plucked from the Robins youth set-up as a 15-year-old for a reported £100,000 fee, Edge has seen his football dreams go sour after a three-year stint with Arsenal.
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He spent last season playing for the Nike Academy at Loughborough University before chancing his arm at earning pro deals with Newport County and Salisbury City.
But it is back at Gloucester – where he featured in the 3-1 victory over Evesham United on Friday – that he has felt most at home and now Mehew is backing him to shine in a yellow and black striped shirt.
"Jamie has done really well in each game he has played, and crucially he has adapted more and more in each of the games he has played," he said.
"He's agreed a deal to play for us and we're looking forward to having him as part of the squad.
"I knew about him at the start of the summer and didn't really think we would have a chance of bringing him, in to be honest.
"He chanced his arm at Newport and it didn't work out.
"Now perhaps we can benefit from that.
"I am sure that the scouts will be flocking to come and watch him play and now it's up to him to impress and do well for us and if that happens then it's a win-win situation."
Gloucester City travel to Bishop's Cleeve for a friendly tonight at Kayte Lane (7.30pm).