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Forest Green Rovers have announced the signing of midfielder Teddy Jenks.

The 21-year-old joins Rovers on a free transfer after being released by Brighton & Hove Albion this summer.

Jenks joined Brighton as a nine-year-old, making two first-team appearances for his local club. 

The box-to-box midfielder had a couple of spells out on loan during his time at the Seagulls in order to gain some first-team experience.

He made 24 appearances in all competitions for Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the 2021/22 campaign – including in the Europa Conference League – while Crawley Town was his chosen destination for a loan stint last season.

He played 21 times for the Red Devils, scoring one goal, although an injury ruled him out of the final couple of months of the season.

Jenks, who was capped by England at Under-16s and Under-17s level, will link-up with his new FGR team-mates next week as Duncan Ferguson’s side return for pre-season training.

Upon arriving at The New Lawn, the young midfielder said: “I’ve known about Forest Green’s interest since the start of the summer and my heart was set on joining from then. I’m so happy that the move is now done.

“I love the ethos of the club. I’m looking forward to working under a brilliant manager and I can pick his brain about football things. Everything about the club really intrigued me.”

Head Coach Ferguson added: “Teddy is a fantastic addition. He’s a good technical player who is comfortable in possession and will help with our ball retention.

“He’s a great age and his profile really suits us. I’m sure he’ll do very well.”

Allan Steele, Director of Football, continued: “We are all very pleased to have Teddy join us and it’s been a pleasure working with him over this period. 

“Teddy’s drive and ambition matches that of the squad and of the club. We look forward to seeing everyone together again soon.”

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