Fleetwood Town Football Club can confirm Reiss Bowen has joined Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers following a seven-year spell with the Academy.
Bowen was part of the first Under-9s age group when the Academy was set-up back in 2016, and with him being a local Fleetwood lad, the club are proud to see him develop over recent years and make this next step in his career.
After seven full seasons with Town, the converted centre forward was successful as an Under-13s and Under-14s player to attract interest from many Clubs up and down the country, and as an Under-15, he played his part in helping the Under-16s win the Rey Cup in Iceland last summer.
The 15-year-old was awarded a pre-scholarship contract at Fleetwood Town as an Under-14 – meaning he would be guaranteed a pathway to be part of the Under-18s squad in the 2024-2025 season; however, Premier League interest was growing in getting the young man’s signature.
Bowen has now switched clubs to join Wolverhampton Wanderers following an agreement on significant training compensation fee, which further adds to the income and profit made from a number of Academy graduates.
Jack Higgins, Fleetwood Town’s Head of Academy said on the news: “It's an incredible story for our growing Academy - we are really proud to support Reiss in the next step of his journey towards a professional career.
"It shows the different pathways we offer at Fleetwood Town. We are a football club that wants to see young players develop. to play at the highest levels they possibly can, and we'll continue to support Reiss and his family in any way we can from afar.
"To see someone from our first ever intake of Academy players seven years ago move to a Premier League club, it really highlights the type of programme we offer at Fleetwood Town and is a credit to Reiss and his family for buying in throughout.
“I want to thank all those who have helped Reiss on his journey, especially those who contributed to changing his position from centre midfield to being a forward player.
"It shows how our staff can be creative and are willing to make the best decisions for young players to develop as individuals. That decision really helped Reiss flourish at the top end of the pitch."
Everybody at Fleetwood Town would like to wish Reiss all the best at Wolves.