AFC Bournemouth: Cherries sign Harry Redknapp's seven-year-old grandson

ONE FOR THE FUTURE: Harry Redknapp Jnr (right) with AFC Bournemouth's Matty Holmes

ONE FOR THE FUTURE: Harry Redknapp Jnr (right) with AFC Bournemouth's Matty Holmes

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AFC Bournemouth have today announced the signing of Harry Redknapp – the seven-year-old grandson of former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp.

The youngster 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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9:14am Thu 22 May 14

StewieJT says...

No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.
No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on. StewieJT
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9:15am Thu 22 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

If history and past behavior is anything to go by then granddad Harry will be his agent and make sure that he makes the right moves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!

Put it this way, they won't go short whatever happens !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!

U T C I A D .
If history and past behavior is anything to go by then granddad Harry will be his agent and make sure that he makes the right moves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! Put it this way, they won't go short whatever happens !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! U T C I A D . coops1965cherry
  • Score: 8

9:47am Thu 22 May 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

LOOK OUT EDDIE, . . He is after your job. . . . . . . . . tee hee
LOOK OUT EDDIE, . . He is after your job. . . . . . . . . tee hee RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 6

9:50am Thu 22 May 14

Square Old Codger says...

It must be in the "genes", let's hope that it works out for the boys. Seriously though, it is an indicator that the search for talent is huge, hardly suprizing when fees are quoted for a ten year old of £3m and Clubs scour the World for talented kids.
It must be in the "genes", let's hope that it works out for the boys. Seriously though, it is an indicator that the search for talent is huge, hardly suprizing when fees are quoted for a ten year old of £3m and Clubs scour the World for talented kids. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 1

9:56am Thu 22 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Hope he don't develop the housemaids knee syndrome like the rest of them did you know it is.
Hope he don't develop the housemaids knee syndrome like the rest of them did you know it is. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

10:06am Thu 22 May 14

pokesdown1 says...

Bet he`s got a pet dog.
Bet he`s got a pet dog. pokesdown1
  • Score: -5

10:21am Thu 22 May 14

devon fan says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
Bet he`s got a pet dog.
I hope so he is too young to open his own bank account
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Bet he`s got a pet dog.[/p][/quote]I hope so he is too young to open his own bank account devon fan
  • Score: 2

10:48am Thu 22 May 14

elite50 says...

This is disgusting!
A seven year old kid should be allowed to just go out and play.
Not get signed up by a bunch of money hungry pro's.
Years ago I was coaching a bunch of under 7s and who should show up but Scott Guyett. He was 5 years old and I let him join in. He proceeded to run rings around all the other kids and I made the mistake of passing him up the line to the under 8s.
The coach of the under 8s had his son in the team who was good but not in the same class as Scott and it showed.
Young Scott was pushed back in defence instead of being allowed to develop as the natural midfielder that he was.
Had I accepted him as he was he would have developed into something really special instead of just another good defender.
I still feel guilty.
This is disgusting! A seven year old kid should be allowed to just go out and play. Not get signed up by a bunch of money hungry pro's. Years ago I was coaching a bunch of under 7s and who should show up but Scott Guyett. He was 5 years old and I let him join in. He proceeded to run rings around all the other kids and I made the mistake of passing him up the line to the under 8s. The coach of the under 8s had his son in the team who was good but not in the same class as Scott and it showed. Young Scott was pushed back in defence instead of being allowed to develop as the natural midfielder that he was. Had I accepted him as he was he would have developed into something really special instead of just another good defender. I still feel guilty. elite50
  • Score: -2

10:48am Thu 22 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

devon fan wrote:
pokesdown1 wrote:
Bet he`s got a pet dog.
I hope so he is too young to open his own bank account
Yeah but I will bet he can write out a cheque though !

Woof woof.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Bet he`s got a pet dog.[/p][/quote]I hope so he is too young to open his own bank account[/p][/quote]Yeah but I will bet he can write out a cheque though ! Woof woof. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: -2

11:34am Thu 22 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I bet the Premiership boys are really bricking it now!!!

Watch out Yaya this little ‘wotsit’ will really kick off if there’s no candles on his cake!

What a coupe I am SO impressed, hopefully he will fill the Grabban void!
C'mon Echo FFS, wot a non-story , poor kid :’(
I bet the Premiership boys are really bricking it now!!! Watch out Yaya this little ‘wotsit’ will really kick off if there’s no candles on his cake! What a coupe I am SO impressed, hopefully he will fill the Grabban void! C'mon Echo FFS, wot a non-story , poor kid :’( TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -1

11:51am Thu 22 May 14

oxoncherry says...

If he's anything like his grandad, he'll retire at 12 and then sign up for West Ham after the summer holidays
If he's anything like his grandad, he'll retire at 12 and then sign up for West Ham after the summer holidays oxoncherry
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Wackerone says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
Bet he`s got a pet dog.
.................and a good accountant.
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Bet he`s got a pet dog.[/p][/quote].................and a good accountant. Wackerone
  • Score: -2

12:17pm Thu 22 May 14

Bryan72 says...

joke. just the name, theirs better kids out there iam sure!!!!!. matty holmes clueless. no bettert than any other kid in the bournemouth outh leauge,
joke. just the name, theirs better kids out there iam sure!!!!!. matty holmes clueless. no bettert than any other kid in the bournemouth outh leauge, Bryan72
  • Score: -3

12:29pm Thu 22 May 14

In Absentia says...

I gather he's already taller than Ryan Fraser.
I gather he's already taller than Ryan Fraser. In Absentia
  • Score: 7

1:45pm Thu 22 May 14

nonnogeppetto says...

It is interesting to read what people see and are saying about this story. Obviously the reason for this article is because of the connection with our old friend Harry. I am sure that if my grandson (only three and wants to play for afcb!!) were to sign we would not be reading about it here or elsewhere. Frankly I don't really mind because at the end of the day it is not about who your ancestors are but it is all about what you can do and the ability to develop and sustain your career. Good luck to the lad I hope he makes the grade on his merit rather than who happens to be his granddad/father/uncl
e/etc etc.
It is interesting to read what people see and are saying about this story. Obviously the reason for this article is because of the connection with our old friend Harry. I am sure that if my grandson (only three and wants to play for afcb!!) were to sign we would not be reading about it here or elsewhere. Frankly I don't really mind because at the end of the day it is not about who your ancestors are but it is all about what you can do and the ability to develop and sustain your career. Good luck to the lad I hope he makes the grade on his merit rather than who happens to be his granddad/father/uncl e/etc etc. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 13

3:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Deejaycee says...

Bryan72 wrote:
joke. just the name, theirs better kids out there iam sure!!!!!. matty holmes clueless. no bettert than any other kid in the bournemouth outh leauge,
Clueless? What,you mean just like your spelling.
[quote][p][bold]Bryan72[/bold] wrote: joke. just the name, theirs better kids out there iam sure!!!!!. matty holmes clueless. no bettert than any other kid in the bournemouth outh leauge,[/p][/quote]Clueless? What,you mean just like your spelling. Deejaycee
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Thu 22 May 14

dekayedcherry says...

Good luck to young Harry at the Academy under the watchful eye of Matty Holmes who was a very good left sided midfielder at AFCB and later West Ham. If Harry junior progresses through the ranks to become a professional footballer then it will be money well spent. I am sure he will have to work hard and have the talent to progress, after all Kevin Bond and Jamie Redknapp (his Uncle) came through our youth set up with Famous (?) fathers and they didn't turn out too bad (?) did they !!!.
To get on in life sometimes it can be a case of "who you know, not what you know" but in football you have to have talent and desire to make the grade, which Marc (his dad) didn't have despite playing at a fairly accomplished level. So again good luck to young Harry and Alan Ball's grandson Mack Allen ( another of the Allen footballing dynasty ?) in The Cherries Academy. UTC
Good luck to young Harry at the Academy under the watchful eye of Matty Holmes who was a very good left sided midfielder at AFCB and later West Ham. If Harry junior progresses through the ranks to become a professional footballer then it will be money well spent. I am sure he will have to work hard and have the talent to progress, after all Kevin Bond and Jamie Redknapp (his Uncle) came through our youth set up with Famous (?) fathers and they didn't turn out too bad (?) did they !!!. To get on in life sometimes it can be a case of "who you know, not what you know" but in football you have to have talent and desire to make the grade, which Marc (his dad) didn't have despite playing at a fairly accomplished level. So again good luck to young Harry and Alan Ball's grandson Mack Allen ( another of the Allen footballing dynasty ?) in The Cherries Academy. UTC dekayedcherry
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Thu 22 May 14

Dont have short memorys says...

i bet people were having a pop years ago when we signed Lalana but what a good bit of business that was doesnt always follow that kids are as good as their family look at Charlie Sheringham
i bet people were having a pop years ago when we signed Lalana but what a good bit of business that was doesnt always follow that kids are as good as their family look at Charlie Sheringham Dont have short memorys
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Thu 22 May 14

O'Reilly says...

StewieJT wrote:
No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.
...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.
[quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.[/p][/quote]...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean. O'Reilly
  • Score: 4

8:15pm Thu 22 May 14

lioneart23 says...

O'Reilly wrote:
StewieJT wrote:
No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.
...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.
I like it Nose Clean
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.[/p][/quote]...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.[/p][/quote]I like it Nose Clean lioneart23
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Thu 22 May 14

heckie says...

2 Harry Redknapps there's only 2 Harry Redknapps!
2 Harry Redknapps there's only 2 Harry Redknapps! heckie
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Thu 22 May 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Are Monkey World aware that one has escaped and hiding in a AFCB training kit ?
Are Monkey World aware that one has escaped and hiding in a AFCB training kit ? cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -1

12:03am Fri 23 May 14

ASM says...

what's the latest on grabban? so deprived of AFCB news we're reading about 7 year old boys. come on echo i'd rather read an interview from matt ritchie or ryan fraser, pugh or charlie daniels. daniels never gets interviewed
what's the latest on grabban? so deprived of AFCB news we're reading about 7 year old boys. come on echo i'd rather read an interview from matt ritchie or ryan fraser, pugh or charlie daniels. daniels never gets interviewed ASM
  • Score: 0

8:57am Fri 23 May 14

Saintssupporter80 says...

lioneart23 wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
StewieJT wrote:
No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.
...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.
I like it Nose Clean
Lol lets hope he keeps his nose clean indeed and dosnt follow in marks footsteps
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.[/p][/quote]...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.[/p][/quote]I like it Nose Clean[/p][/quote]Lol lets hope he keeps his nose clean indeed and dosnt follow in marks footsteps Saintssupporter80
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9:06am Fri 23 May 14

Saintssupporter80 says...

lioneart23 wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
StewieJT wrote:
No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.
...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.
I like it Nose Clean
Lol lets hope he keeps his nose clean indeed I and dosnt follow in marks footsteps.. I wonder if Harry NOSE what marks been upto
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: No doubt there will be posts on here within 3 years saying he hasn't proved himself, move him on.[/p][/quote]...as Mark himself was asked to do.....let's hope the lad does well and keeps his nose clean.[/p][/quote]I like it Nose Clean[/p][/quote]Lol lets hope he keeps his nose clean indeed I and dosnt follow in marks footsteps.. I wonder if Harry NOSE what marks been upto Saintssupporter80
  • Score: 1

9:25am Fri 23 May 14

Jonnerz says...

Hahaha wonder who in Bournemouth NOSE what marks been upto.. Let's hope the wee lad takes after his grandfather and not his dad
Hahaha wonder who in Bournemouth NOSE what marks been upto.. Let's hope the wee lad takes after his grandfather and not his dad Jonnerz
  • Score: 0

12:49am Sat 24 May 14

gameon says...

heckie wrote:
2 Harry Redknapps there's only 2 Harry Redknapps!
Yea thatl confuse The Old Bill and Customs and Excise LOL
[quote][p][bold]heckie[/bold] wrote: 2 Harry Redknapps there's only 2 Harry Redknapps![/p][/quote]Yea thatl confuse The Old Bill and Customs and Excise LOL gameon
  • Score: -1

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