The Athletic’s Peter Rutzler has a superb interview with young Fulham centre back Conor McAvoy this morning, in which the Scottish youth international discusses signing for the Whites aged nine, his progress through the Motspur Park academy, a successful loan spell with Wealdstone last season and getting the chance to play for the senior side during the pre-season tour in Portugal.

It is well worth a read in full, but it is clear that McAvoy, a former Premier League scholar of the year and highly-regarded captain of Fulham’s age group sides, feels ready for more first-team football. His retelling of lining up against Nice in the Algarve is pretty endearing:

“It was weird, it didn’t feel real. I didn’t actually feel too nervous, I was just so excited, in the zone. I thought I had a pretty good game. There were a few Fulham fans. Just playing with the first-team players that you watch every Saturday, it’s just cool. I couldn’t do anything more than just enjoy it.”