A rising non-league star claims Coventry City and Nottingham Forest are “interested” in him despite just signing a new contract at his club.
Dorking Wanderers’ Olly Allen has just put pen to paper on his first contract at the National League South club, months after having trials at Premier League pair Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 17-year-old midfielder has become one of four Dorking Academy products to sign a first team contract which ties them down at Meadowbank for another season, Allen having trained with the first team since December.
The teenager fits the Sky Blues recruitment model for picking up young talents for the club’s development squad as a long-term investment for the first team and future saleable asset.
The Epsom-based player will be looking to break into a side that was top of the National League South during 2020/21 and on course for promotion to the National League before the league was declared null and void.
Since the midfielder began training with Marc White’s side, he’s been out to Brighton and Wolves for a week.
“It was really good,” said the player, speaking to our sister title SurreyLive.
“I’d say that from training with the (Dorking) first team, it wasn’t a massive difference, it was probably similar but obviously from where I’ve been playing with the under 18s it was quite a step up.
“Brighton happened just as I started training with the first team and I was recommended to go down to train with them and go on a trial as well. It was quite similar to my week at Wolves, they both have similar set ups being Premier League clubs, and the level of play wasn’t actually too much different either.
“I think that those two trials and getting involved with the first team were the most beneficial things I’ve done in the last year.”
Although both top flight clubs have not taken their interest any further, the player revealed: “Wolves spoke to me a couple of days later, just to basically say that they weren’t going to offer me a pro contract or a scholarship at the moment, but there were two clubs, Nottingham Forest and Coventry, watching the game that I was playing in.
“They were interested and Forest have followed that up and have made contact with my dad and the club.
“Obviously, it’s a shame about Wolves but a Premier League club is a big step up from what I’m playing in at the moment.
“I’m really happy at Dorking though but it’s nice to know that other clubs are keen on me.”