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Bascome signs Bristol City deal

Short-term deal: Bascome is pictured with Bristol City youth coaches Alex Ball, left, and Jamie McAllister

Osagi Bascome has extended his stay at Bristol City after signing a deal that will keep him at the Sky Bet Championship club until the end of the season.

Bascome, who featured in Bermuda’s friendly at home to Canada last month, has agreed a short-term deal with a further year’s option, having received international clearance from the football authorities.

“He’s been a ball of energy from the moment he arrived at the club,” Jamie McAllister, City’s Under-23 coach, said.

“He’s integrated well with the group and has great enthusiasm — he just loves playing football.

“He’s got good awareness and vision. He can play up top in a two and also as a number ten.”

The announcement follows the 18-year-old’s successful trial at the club, where he featured three times for the under-23 side, scoring once.

His performances in the team’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth and 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town — a game in which he scored and set up another goal — prompted City to offer him a deal.

Bascome is the second Bermudian to sign for Bristol City, with Shaun Goater scoring 45 goals in 81 appearances for the club from 1996 and 1998.

Bascome is the son of Herbie Bascome, the former St George’s Cup Match captain and assistant Bermuda cricket coach, while his uncle Andrew Bascome is Bermuda’s football coach.

Bascome, who has previously featured in the youth set-ups of Aston Villa, Stoke City, Valencia and Levante, has been cleared by his club to represent Bermuda at this month’s Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica.

“Osagi is one of the so-called top players at his age level and we’re looking forward to having him being a part of the team for our next journey in the under-20s,” Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda Under-20 coach and former English professional, said.

“Obviously I am pleased for Osagi who been has through a lot in his young football career.

“His parents have put a lot time and energy in helping him to become a professional footballer and I hope he takes his opportunity with both hands.”

Bascome joins several Bermudians in the professional English ranks including Nahki Wells at Huddersfield Town, Reggie Lambe at Carlisle United, Rai Simons at Chesterfield, Kacey-Milan Butterfield at Walsall, as well as Nathan Trott and Djair Parfitt-Williams at West Ham United.

The island also has a professional in Major League Soccer after Zeiko Lewis was drafted by the New York Red Bulls last month.

Meanwhile, Freddy Hall is playing semi-professionally for Limerick, in Ireland.