Early Doors

Football club signs up ‘unusually talented’ baby

Bryce Brites is less than two years old, he can't utter the words 'goal' or 'ball' and he is a professional footballer.

The 20-mouth old toddler has been signed up by Belgian club FC Racing Boxberg after wowing them with his remarkable skills for his age.

He is two months younger than little Baerke van der Meij was when he was given a 10-year contract by Dutch club VVV-Venlo in 2011 but while that was a 'symbolic' deal and really just a publicity stunt, it would appear that Boxberg genuinely believe they have unearthed the next Eden Hazard.

Brites has already been issued with his Belgian FA membership card and been invited to train with the under-5s.

Racing Boxberg club secretary Dany Vodnik told Dutch newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws:

"Bryce kicks a ball in a way you do not even see when training with four or five-year-olds. His ball control is incredible for his age. The way he dribbles with the ball at his feet between the cones, he can give a pass to the left or right.

"You ask him to kick a ball three or five meters and he does so, but he may not play with the five and six-year-old boys yet. We must remain cautious."

The Premier League has seen plenty of young Belgians make an impact in recent season – Lukaku, Fellaini, Benteke, Kompany and Vertonghen to name just a few – whether Brites can join that list in the future remains to be seen.