On Wednesday morning New York Red Bulls announced the transfer signing of central midfielder Dru Yearwood from Brentford of England’s second division Football League Championship. The 20-year old will be on a Young Designated Player contract and also occupy an international slot on the roster.
The announcement comes after the move was reportedly arranged months ago before being delayed due to logistical restrictions from the covid-19 lockdown. Yearwood had posted a cryptic message to Twitter on Tuesday following Brentford’s loss to fellow West London side Fulham in the playoff tie for promotion to the Premier League that implied his future lied elsewhere.
Yearwood is a 5’9” central midfield player originally from Harlow, Essex in the London suburbs who has been selected in the past by the England under-18 national team. He comes to New York after making only two league appearances in a single season on the books at Brentford, an ascendant West London club whose cutting-edge scouting and recruitment strategy has them on the doorstep of the first division. Yearwood had been signed from his boyhood club Southend United (where he made his senior debut as a 17-year old and went on to make league 53 appearances and even captained the team in some matches) for a reported £500,000 transfer fee in August of last year. While terms were not disclosed, it is easy to believe given Brentford’s precise transfer strategy that Red Bulls have paid somewhat more than that to secure his services a year later.