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Contract already signed: Chelsea announce they have completed transfer of "highly rated young player"


Chelsea goalkeeper Bradley Collins has left the club to join Forest Green Rovers on a season-long loan deal, the Blues have announced.

The 20-year-old has been described as a highly rated young player by Rovers manager Mark Cooper after the youngster signed the contract with his new club.

Collins was also delighted after the transfer was completed, saying that he is already looking forward to making his debut.

"I'm delighted to have this opportunity coming from Chelsea under 23s now to play men's football," the goalkeeper told the club's official website.

"It's something different because I've been there for eight years, so to come out and get on loan is out of my comfort zone.

"Everybody knows that going into men's football is ten times louder and more physical - luckily here it's the same way we play at Chelsea with the philosophy of bringing the ball out from the back."

Manager Mark Cooper added: "Bradley joining Forest Green Rovers shows just how far we've come. It's fantastic that Chelsea trust us with their young player – especially one so highly rated by their team.

"He played their Checkatrade games last year, and saved four penalties against Oxford. We now have two great 'keepers and we're all looking forward to seeing Bradley compete for games and play."

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