Chelmsford City are delighted to announce that midfielder Kai Yearn has joined the club on a youth loan from SkyBet League One side Cambridge United.

Yearn, 17, made his debut for his home town team, Cambridge United in August 2021 when aged just 16, and scored after coming on as a substitute against Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy. He made 3 further appearances in the competition, including starting against Stevenage last November. Yearn then made his Football League debut in April this year, when he appeared as a substitute against Cheltenham in a 2-2 draw at the Abbey Stadium. His impressive performances at youth level also earnt him a call-up to the England Under 16’s squad in March 2021.

Chelmsford City manager Robbie Simpson commented, “Kai is a fantastic footballer. He’s been in and around the England youth set-up in the past few years and it’s now time for him to start embarking on his men’s football career. He’s had a bit of a taste in the Papa John’s Trophy and performed really well but now he needs to start playing league football at a senior level, and we’re delighted that it’s going to be with us.

He’s a fantastic talent and I can’t wait until he puts on that Claret shirt and starts to excite the fans. He’s a creative player, can score a goal and is great at set-pieces and he’ll be a real asset to us. We’re looking forward to working with him and helping in his development.”

Kai’s move to the club is the latest in a line of young Cambridge United prospects to join the Clarets on loan in recent years, with Ben Worman, Tom Knowles, Tom Dickens and Kai McKenzie-Lyle amongst those who have had a spell in Essex from the U’s.

Kai is available for tonight’s game against Oxford City and all at Chelmsford City wish him the best of luck in a Claret shirt.


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