Southampton has officially confirmed the acquisition of 16-year-old Thierry Rohart-Brown from Reading in a swap deal. In exchange, 18-year-old Dominic Ballard has joined Reading on loan, a player who has already scored three times for the Royals this season, including a brace in a 9-0 victory over Exeter City.
Rohart-Brown will join the Southampton Under-18s and continue his education. Southampton Academy Director Andy Goldie expressed excitement about welcoming Thierry and his family to the Academy.
BOOM 💥 Southampton have completed the signing of 16-year-old Thierry Rohart-brown from Reading FC 🔴✨ #SaintsFC
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The decision to acquire Rohart-Brown followed a thorough process, making him the top target due to his versatility in midfield and potential for growth, with the club committed to supporting his development in the coming years. Goldie also extended thanks to Mark Bowen and Michael Gilks at Reading for their professionalism and support throughout the process.