STAGS SIGN JOEL KITAMIRIKE ON NON-CONTRACT
Stags sign Kitamirike
CHAD website, 17 Dec 2004
Caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer has drafted in promising young central defender Joel Kitamirike as cover for his threadbare squad.
Kitamirike has been training at Field Mill for a couple of months and has played in a couple of reserve friendlies.
The 20-year-old was an apprentice at Chelsea and even played in a UEFA Cup tie for the Stamford Bridge club.
Born in Uganda, he played for England U15s and last season played over 20 games on loan at Brentford before being released by Chelsea in the summer.
"Joel has been here for a while now and I have decided to take him on a non-contract basis to give me a stronger bench," said Palmer.
"I rang Wally Downes at Brentford who told me the lad did well for them.
"I certainly like what I have seen in training. He is quick, tackles well and is good on the ball."
Kitamirike is likely to be among the substitutes at Shrewsbury tomorrow (noon kick-off).
mansfieldtown.net reports that Caretaker Manager Carlton Palmer has brought in another player from the higher reaches of football. This time he has acquired the services of Joel Kitamirike from Premiership outfit Chelsea. The 20 year old Central defender signed for the Stags on a non-contract basis yesterday afternoon.
Starting his career at Chelsea as a trainee in 2001 he has been on loan at Brentford more recently (LAST SEASON) making twenty full appearances under Martin Allen.
Date of birth 05-04-1984
Place of birth Uganda
All time playing career
Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Brentford 19-09-2003 09-05-2004 Loan 21 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
Chelsea 01-08-2001 31-05-2004 Trainee 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Totals £ 0 21 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 3 (0) 0
Shirt Number: 33
Date of Birth: April 5, 1984
A young defender who earned his Chelsea debut when several of the club's high profile players opted not to make the trip to Israel for the UEFA Cup tie against Hapoel Tel-Aviv while a regular member of the clubs Under-19 side.
Kitamirike played the whole game as Chelsea lost 2-0 in October 2001.
The player moved to England at the age of six after being brought up in Uganda. Was spotted by Chelsea when playing for his district side from East London at the age of 14 and signed up on schoolboy terms. His brother was also on the books of Charlton Athletic as a youth.
Despite only taking football seriously once he entered his teenage years, he soon received international recognition, picking up caps with the England Under-15 team - scoring on his debut against Italy.
Signed a three-year professional contract at Stamford Bridge in April 2001 and has a bright future.
Heres his own website
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