Hull City sign Non-League wonderkid

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Hull City have completed the signing of 18-year-old striker Johan Ter Horst from Folkestone Invicta.

Ter Horst who plays for Invicta in the Ryman Division One South, seven leagues below the Premier League, signed a three-year deal today at the KC Stadium after completing a medical.

The forward has attracted plenty of interest from Football League and Premier League clubs this season after netting 21 goals in his first full year as a first-team player. 

No details of the fee have been confirmed, but Ter Horst will spend the remainder of the season  in Folkestone before his contract with the Tigers begins in May.

Aston Villa, Swansea City and Stoke City had all been linked with a move for the highly-rated hitman and he even played for Charlton Athletic's development squad. 

However, Steve Bruce has won the race to sign Ter Horst for the FA Cup semi-finalists.

The striker, who has been compared to England legend Michael Owen, was born in England to an English mother and Dutch father.

"I'm absolutely delighted for the lad and of course we wish him every success," Neil Cugley, Invicta's manager, commented on the club's official site.

"But, the really good news for us is that, this being a Premiership club, his new contract goes from May 12 and he will be around to help us clinch a place in the end-of-season play-offs - and possibly promotion!

"This is absolutely brilliant for our youth section. Johan has been with us since he was 12 and now he's joined a Premiership club who are also FA Cup semi-finalists, of course.

"Steve Bruce (Hull manager) knows all about being away from home as a youngster from his time at Gillingham, and I'm sure his advice will be very helpful to Johan.

"He'll get the chance to establish himself up there by playing in the Under 21 Development League and he'll benefit, of course, from full-time training. He spent two weeks at Charlton recently and we all saw the benefit of that from the form he showed for us at the time."

Hull City are currently 13th in their first season back in the Premier League whilst Folkestone Invicta are chasing promotion to the Ryman Premier Division, they lie fourth.

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