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GBR | Mar 11, 2023

EPL ‘whispers’ silenced: Dujuan Richards signs pre-contract with Chelsea FC

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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17-year-old Jamaican wonderkid Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards signing a pre-contract with Chelsea FC under the watchful gaze of Phoenix academy founder Craig Bulter on Saturday, Match 11, 2023. (Photo: Twitter @Kyleee_butler)

Young Jamaican football sensation Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards has seemingly found a new home with successful English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea FC, for which he signed a pre-contract agreement today (March 11).

Our Today understands that Richards may be considered for play on his 18th birthday in November.

Craig Bulter, founder of Phoenix Academy, said he looked forward to the 17-year-old representing Jamaica at Stamford Bridge as he confirmed the historic signing in an Instagram post.

Richards completed the signing in London, with his mother and the elder Butler as well as training partner and friend Kyle Butler as witnesses.

“History has been made… We’re proud of the people of Jamaica who believed in Whisper, in Phoenix and in our country’s ability to produce if only we are willing to work hard, smart, and are committed to excellence. We are grateful to Chelsea Football Club and look forward to the continued relationship and partnership with our academy as we prepare Whisper for the Premier League,” said Butler.


(Video: Instagram @craigbutlerphoenix)

As previously reported by Our Today, it has been a whirlwind few months for the former Kingston College standout, who first departed Jamaica in late January.

Richards initially participated in a two-week trial with Newcastle FC which concluded on February 20.

The schoolboy wonderkid will now turn his sights to his maiden summon to the senior Reggae Boyz squad, where he is expected to play as Jamaica takes on Trinidad and Tobago in two international friendlies.

The first bout gets underway tonight at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, while the return match will be contested at the National Stadium in Kingston on March 14.


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