The grandson of former Saints boss Harry Redknapp signs for Cherries

Daily Echo: Harry Redknapp, the grandson of former Saints boss Harry Redknapp, who is pictured here during his time at the club, has signed for AFC Bournemouth Harry Redknapp, the grandson of former Saints boss Harry Redknapp, who is pictured here during his time at the club, has signed for AFC Bournemouth

THE grandson of former Saints boss Harry Redknapp has signed for AFC Bournemouth.

Harry Redknapp, aged seven, has joined the club’s Academy under the watchful eye of Matty Holmes, who was handed his first pro contract by Redknapp senior in 1988.

Redknapp junior is the son of Mark Redknapp, who played locally for non-league clubs Bashley and Dorchester as a central defender, and the nephew of Jamie Redknapp, the former Cherries and Liverpool star.

Technical development officer Holmes has described Redknapp junior as “direct, strong and a good little goalscorer” and he will turn out for Cherries under-nines next season.

Holmes told the club website: “Harry was playing locally for Moordown so we had an eye on him. A few scout reports came back saying he was progressing very, very well, so we brought him into our Academy sessions around November last year.

“He has been playing with the top under-eights and has shown really good progression. He has improved his technical work and his receiving and passing skills have come on no end.

“So, with that in mind, and the fact that he comes from a footballing family background, we feel he has a great chance of progressing in our system and that is why we have offered him a contract.”

Mack Allen, the grandson of the late Alan Ball, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, is also on Cherries’ books as a goalkeeper.

“It is funny how it works,” added Holmes. “You get two or three relatives of famous footballers come in at the same time. They are always signed purely on what we see though.

“We won’t just sign them unless we see an actual talent there, otherwise it is a place that is taken up when another boy could be developing. They have to earn it and Harry and Mack have certainly done that.”

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11:39am Thu 22 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Has he got a good accountant yet?
Has he got a good accountant yet? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 9

11:45am Thu 22 May 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Who cares
Who cares Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 8

11:53am Thu 22 May 14

Shareholder says...

Um, Hello! This is the SOUTHAMPTON Daily Echo. Harry Redknapp is universally disliked by Saints fans. Why on earth do you think anyone is even remotely interested in any part of his life? Get a grip!
Um, Hello! This is the SOUTHAMPTON Daily Echo. Harry Redknapp is universally disliked by Saints fans. Why on earth do you think anyone is even remotely interested in any part of his life? Get a grip! Shareholder
  • Score: 28

12:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Andover Saint says...

We are Southampton we dont give a FCUK
We are Southampton we dont give a FCUK Andover Saint
  • Score: 14

12:42pm Thu 22 May 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Shareholder wrote:
Um, Hello! This is the SOUTHAMPTON Daily Echo. Harry Redknapp is universally disliked by Saints fans. Why on earth do you think anyone is even remotely interested in any part of his life? Get a grip!
that's the exact reason they put it on here!
gets a reaction and keeps you on their site thus looking at the adverts / links etc etc
[quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Um, Hello! This is the SOUTHAMPTON Daily Echo. Harry Redknapp is universally disliked by Saints fans. Why on earth do you think anyone is even remotely interested in any part of his life? Get a grip![/p][/quote]that's the exact reason they put it on here! gets a reaction and keeps you on their site thus looking at the adverts / links etc etc worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 9

1:11pm Thu 22 May 14

saint phil says...

Bet he has a bull dog named rosie too ?
Bet he has a bull dog named rosie too ? saint phil
  • Score: -1

1:29pm Thu 22 May 14

Outside of the Box says...

Good luck to Harry Redknapp Jnr. The lad is 7 years old, his Granddad is disliked by me but I find it hard to slate a child who may a have promising football career ahead of him.
Good luck to Harry Redknapp Jnr. The lad is 7 years old, his Granddad is disliked by me but I find it hard to slate a child who may a have promising football career ahead of him. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 14

2:10pm Thu 22 May 14

Saint TGB says...

Don't give a shiny sh*te!
Don't give a shiny sh*te! Saint TGB
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Thu 22 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

well I wish the kid all the best, im just glad he didn't join our academy. don't want redkrapp snr anywhere near our youth set up.
well I wish the kid all the best, im just glad he didn't join our academy. don't want redkrapp snr anywhere near our youth set up. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Thu 22 May 14

Nicksaints1 says...

exactly who cares!!!
exactly who cares!!! Nicksaints1
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Thu 22 May 14

dadofmy3sons says...

so a kid has signed for one of our feeder clubs?
Tell Arsenal.
or Spurs.
or MUFC.
don't tell too many people though because if you do they will probably put in a bid for him tomorrow.
so a kid has signed for one of our feeder clubs? Tell Arsenal. or Spurs. or MUFC. don't tell too many people though because if you do they will probably put in a bid for him tomorrow. dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Thu 22 May 14

Clever Dick says...

I reckon Harry senior should make a comeback. He'd get in the skunts side easily.
I reckon Harry senior should make a comeback. He'd get in the skunts side easily. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

6:53pm Thu 22 May 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Why csn't the Daily Echo report on Saints and in a positive way?
Why csn't the Daily Echo report on Saints and in a positive way? Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 1

8:36pm Thu 22 May 14

Reality-man says...

I wonder how much Harry Senior put in the brown envelope to make this happen?
I wonder how much Harry Senior put in the brown envelope to make this happen? Reality-man
  • Score: 3

2:28am Fri 23 May 14

andoru says...

Is he any good? Let's sign him up, then in a few years when he's ready for the first-team he can demand a transfer and screw us like his Granddad did.
Is he any good? Let's sign him up, then in a few years when he's ready for the first-team he can demand a transfer and screw us like his Granddad did. andoru
  • Score: 1

7:59am Fri 23 May 14

Rising_Son says...

andoru wrote:
Is he any good? Let's sign him up, then in a few years when he's ready for the first-team he can demand a transfer and screw us like his Granddad did.
You've been sounding rather bitter recently. I hope it isn't going to be permanent.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Is he any good? Let's sign him up, then in a few years when he's ready for the first-team he can demand a transfer and screw us like his Granddad did.[/p][/quote]You've been sounding rather bitter recently. I hope it isn't going to be permanent. Rising_Son
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Fri 23 May 14

andoru says...

Well, judging from the numbers of thumbs up I've got on many of my "bitter" posts, I'd say my bitterness is in tune with the mood of most Saints fans at the moment.
Well, judging from the numbers of thumbs up I've got on many of my "bitter" posts, I'd say my bitterness is in tune with the mood of most Saints fans at the moment. andoru
  • Score: 1

3:45pm Fri 23 May 14

Chrissymarsdenfootballgenius says...

Bagpuss jr!
Bagpuss jr! Chrissymarsdenfootballgenius
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