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Humphrys joins Scunthorpe on loan

Scunthorpe United have signed Fulham striker Steven Humphrys on a season-long loan deal this afternoon.

The 20 year-old, who arrived at Fulham from Bury as a promising teenager in 2013, was rewarded for some prolific goalscoring form at under-23 level with a senior debut as a substitute against Derby County in December 2016. He also featured from the bench against Brighton and Hove Albion a few weeks later, before being loaned out to Shrewbsury Town for the second half of the season. Humphrys scored twice in fourteen appearances for the Shrews and, having sent out on loan to Rochdale last season, managed two goals in thirteen appearances – with one of them being an equaliser in Dale’s memorable FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Humphrys trained with his new Scunthorpe team-mates this morning and could feature in the Iron’s pre-season friendly against Winterton Rangers tomorrow.

Humphrys heads to Shrewsbury

Fulham striker Stephen Humphrys has signed a new deal at Craven Cottage – but will spend the rest of this season on loan at Shrewsbury.

The 19-year-old’s contract with the Whites now runs until the summer of 2019, with an option to extend by a further year. Humphrys, who scored 25 goals for the club’s youth team in 2015/2016, made his senior debut as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Derby County in December.

“I’m buzzing,” Humphrys told Fulham’s official website. “It’s a big achievement for me, and my family as well. I’ve come a long way since I first came down to Fulham at 15 years-old, and it’s where I see my future as the club’s definitely going places.

“Making my debut was a very proud moment. It’s something that I’ve worked towards for a long time. My mum and dad were watching in the stands, so it was a big day for me. I’ve been with Shrewsbury for the last few days now training. The club has been really welcoming, and hopefully I can get some goals and help them get out of the sticky spell they’re having at the minute.

“It will be good to get some League One experience, some proper men’s football, and then hopefully I’ll be ready to come back and score some goals for Fulham.

Humphrys set for Shrews loan

Shrewsbury Town are believed to be closing in on the loan signing of 19-year-old Fulham striker Stephen Humphrys.

Paul Hirst is nearing his sixth January signing with the young Fulham forward having watched yesterday’s 1-0 win over Oldham. The tall forward began his career at Bury and remains highly rated at Craven Cottage, having starred for Fulham’s youth team sides and scored regularly for the first team during pre-season.

Humphrys hits brace as Fulham U23s thrash Brighton

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Stevie Humphrys did his hopes of breaking into the first-team picture no harm as he added another brace to his impressive scoring tally in Fulham U23’s four-goal thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion tonight in the PL2.

The 19 year-old striker, who could be considered for a call-up to the senior squad with Chris Martin unavailable to face his parent club Derby County on Saturday, added his twelfth and thirteenth goals of the campaign as Peter Grant’s side returning to winning ways after the disappointing reverse in the PL2 Cup at Charlton last week. Humphrys displayed his predatory instincts by pouncing to fire home a loose ball from a corner inside the six-yard box and then turned provider, adding the final pass to a flowing move that saw Tayo Edun saunter through the Albion defence to double the lead just before the break.

Fulham were indebted to a fine save from Jesse Joronen, who spread himself well to deny Connor Tighe, for preserving their lead and there was a terrific goal-saving tackle from Welsh defender Arron Davies before Edun, who looked impressive in his EFL Cup outings earlier in the season, finished in some style after Albion carelessly relinquished possession in midfield. The pattern of the contest continued after the break with Fulham looking far more threatening than a well-drilled Brighton side.

Humphrys went close to extending the home side’s advantage when he made contact with a dangerous cross from Marlon Fossey but could only divert the ball wide of goal on the stretch. Less then sixty seconds later, the in-form forward had his second goal. He couldn’t have asked for a simpler chance after being passed the ball by Albion goalkeeper Bailey Vose, but he finished it with aplomb. Humphrys was taken off after 71 minutes – in front of the watching Slavisa Jokanovic – perhaps with Saturday’s clash in mind.

Fulham were rampant and, although Woodrow narrowly missed with a rasping drive from long range, a fourth goal did arrive in stoppage time via George Williams, recently recalled from his loan spell with MK Dons. The Welsh international winger capped the night perfectly with an unstoppable drive from fully 30 yards that left the unfortunate Vose with no chance.

FULHAM UNDER 23s (4-2-3-1): Joronen; Fossey, Edun, Davies, Kavanagh; Christensen, Smile (Walker 45); De la Torre, Humphrys (Dolan 72), Williams; Woodrow. Subs (not used):  Rodak, Jenz.

BOOKED: Williams.

GOALS: Humphrys (23, 56), Edun (43), Williams (90+2).

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION UNDER 23s (4-3-3): Vose; Hunt, Hall (Ljubicic 85), Hutchinson, Cox; Bjordal, Collar, Towell, Barnett (Cochrane 86); Tighe, Harper (Cadman 66). Subs (not used): McGill, Martinez.

BOOKED: Bjordal.

Humphrys hat-trick seals thumping win for Fulham U23s

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A superb hat-trick from Stevie Humphrys secured a thumping win for Fulham’s Under 23s at Middlesbrough this afternoon in their latest Premier League 2 encounter.

Peter Grant’s young side showed tremendous spirit to shrug off the concession of an early goal to win 4-1 at a cold Rockliffe Park and put Boro’s highly-rated academy to the sword. The margin of victory was more impressive as Grant’s team were missing a number of players who have first-team experience due to international commitments and the close proximity of tomorrow’s Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage.

The Whites fell behind to a ninth minute penalty after Tayo Edun had felled Alex Pattison in the box and Middlesbrough captain Callum Cooke stepped up to calmly convert the spot-kick past Marek Rodak. Fulham gradually gained a foothold into the contest and, after Humphreys had headed straight at Aynsley Pears in the Middlesbrough from a threatening cross by Edun, the Whites equalised through the same combination. Edun, so impressive during his first-team cameos in the EFL Cup earlier this year, progressed down the left and crossed for Humphrys, who converted clinically on 38 minutes.

Just three minutes later and Fulham were in front thanks to a superb strike from long-range by Republic of Ireland under-21 international Sean Kavanagh. The defender, who had an unsuccessful trial with Boro earlier in his career, curled home a majestic finish from fully 25 yards out after being teed up by the composed Josh Smile and Fulham only showed signs of increasing their lead after the break, with Josh Walker heading narrowly over.

The visitors should great resolve and game management to weather a strong spell of Middlesbrough pressure midway through the second half. Bryn Morris headed fractionally over Rodak’s crossbar after an excellent cross from Ben Liddell and Cooke sent a rasping drive agonisingly wide after cutting in from the right flank, but Fulham were always threatening on the break. Humphrys, who played in a more withdrawn role behind Walker for much of the contest, offered a sign of what was to come with a powerful drive that was well held by Pears, before the former Bury forward completed grabbed his second of the afternoon with seventeen minutes left.

It was a classic centre forward’s goal, as well, with Humphreys climbing imperiously to direct an unstoppable header beyond the goalkeeper from a Dennis Adeniran cross after the England youth international had worked his way clear down the right flank. Humphrys, who has been in a rich vein of form so far this season, put the gloss on Fulham’s sixth league victory of the season six minutes from time with another emphatic finish.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Pears; Johnson, Kitching, Wheatley (Maloney 60′), McGhee; Morris, Elsdon; Pattison (McAloon 60′), de Pena (Mondal 75′), Cooke; Liddle. Subs (not used): Hegarty, Fryer.

FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Rodak; Fossey, Edun, Davies, Kavanagh; Smile, Adeniran; de la Torre, Thorsteinsson, Humphrys; Walker. Subs (not used): Soutter, Jenz, Dolan, Pearce.