Coventry City win race to sign Cheltenham Town midfielder

Aaron Evans-Harriott on his debut for Cheltenham Town
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Coventry City have won the race to sign Cheltenham Town's midfield prospect Aaron Evans-Harriott.

The 17-year was attracting interest from several higher level clubs, including Leicester City and Barnsley, but he has agreed to join the League One promotion-chasers, who are managed by Mark Robins, for an undisclosed fee.

“We are delighted to have signed Aaron on a long-term deal with the club," Robins told the club's official website.

“He is a great young prospect, with lots of attributes and potential.

"He has impressed within our Recruitment Department, and we look forward to working with him going forward to help fulfil that potential.”

A first year scholar with Cheltenham, Evans-Harriott became the youngest player to represent the club in the Football League era earlier this season.

He went on as a substitute in the 85th minute of the 4-3 Trophy group stage win over West Ham United Under-21s on October 8.

At 17 years and 22 days, he beat Kyle Haynes' record of 17 years, 85 days, although Haynes remains the youngest to appear in a Football League fixture for the Robins.

The all-time club record is held by Simon Goodwin, who was 16 and 245 days when he appeared as an 84th minute substitute against Burton Albion in the Southern League Premier Division.

Evans-Harriott, who has represented Wales at Under-15 level, has been with Cheltenham since Under-nines.

He is widely known as 'Bubbles', a nickname he acquired at the age of 11.

* Cheltenham play Colchester United away in League Two on Saturday (3pm).