Rangers sign up teenager once labelled the next “Gareth Bale”

Fraser Sturgess, left, in action Netherton United EMN-140721-114336001
Fraser Sturgess, left, in action Netherton United EMN-140721-114336001
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Deeping Rangers have snapped up one of the top young players in the area in the former of Fraser Sturgess.

Prolific midfielder Sturgess starred for PDFL Premier Division club Netherton United last season as the Peterborough club came up just short of getting promoted into UCL Division One.

The Welsh midfielder signed for Peterborough United in 2011 after spending time with Aston Villa and Norwich, but his career is yet take off how many predicted.

The left-footed midfielder first shot to prominence as part of the Netherton Under 14 team that claimed the Northants Cup and the Junior Alliance Division One title.

Sturgess earned international recognition with Wales at Under 16 level and his former youth manager at Netherton Vultures, Stephen Powell, had backed his protege to be a big hit at London Road calling him a “Gareth Bale type player”

But in 2012/13 he was released by the club after only playing for their youth side.

However Sturgess has been impressing for Deeping’s youth section since then, leading them to the league title last season, while impressing for Netherton and will make the step up to UCL senior football this season.

Sturgess will be a good addition to the Deepings side, possessing fantastic poise on the ball, impressive close control, a good turn of speed and an excellent passing range, giving him all the skills to be a real force at this level.

Deeping have also brought in Yaxley defender Matt Holland midfielder Bobby Lee from Harrowby.