By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham midfielder Charlie Hayford has completed a move to Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, it was confirmed on Monday
The 19-year-old failed to break into the Spurs Under-21s team and Football Insider reported last month that the youngster was one of a quartet to be heading out the White Hart Lane door.
Talking to the official Wednesday website, Hayford said he was proud of his years with the Londoners but was happy to be joining a giant club.
“This is a massive football club and one that would appeal to any young footballer looking to make his mark in the game,” Hayford said.
“I have no qualms about leaving the south for the north as this is a club and place that really appeals.
“I have really enjoyed my years with Spurs and learned from some top quality players. I was invited to train with the senior players under Andres Villas-Boas when I was 15 and playing at the tempo of the first team was a fantastic experience.
“The philosophy of Sheffield Wednesday is to play from the back, to play football, and that suits the way that I like to play.”
Hayford joined Spurs aged just four and has progressed through their system over the last 15 years.
However, the central midfielder didn’t impress on his pro-contract and never got close to the highly competitive first-team set up.
The club has an excellent track record of bringing through players from the academy into the first team, with the likes of Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll all having a major impact in recent seasons.
In other Tottenham news, they have edged closer to a deal with a striker as his club line up a replacement.