George Fowler has taken a huge step closer to fulfilling his dream of representing his county’s top club after signing his first professional contract with Ipswich Town, writes Sam Murley.
The news comes as the latest highlight in an impressive few years for the 18-year-old who hails from Ashfield, near Debenham, after enjoying a rapid rise through the Tractor Boys’ ranks.
Fowler, believed to be the Blues’ first player since Connor Wickham to play three age groups up while in the academy, caught the eye of coaches back in 2013 when at the tender age of 15, he partnered first-team regular star Christophe Berra at the heart of defence against then Premier League Cardiff City at Portman Road in his under-21s debut.
And, according to the club’s academy director Bryan Klug, first team manager Mick McCarthy was well aware of Fowler’s talents well before handing him his first professional deal.
“He has done remarkably well — not many under-21 teams have schoolboys in,” Klug told the Express following his Portman Road milestone under-21 game.
“He is not just making his mark in games, the manager is very aware of him and TC (assistant Terry Connor) as well. “He is a very good lad and very mature.
“Mick was a centre-half and a big defender. He has always had an interest in him and had more than a few words with George.”