Professional footballer Samuel Bell, aged 20, another former Nailsea School student has signed a three contract with Bristol City.
As youth academy player with the Robins, Sam joined Clevedon Town on loan in April 2019 where he scored three goals in four matches.
He then joined Yate Town on loan in December 2019.
It was in December 2020 Sam made his professional debut with Bristol City in a 1–0 championship game against Birmingham.
In November 2021, he signed for Grimsby Town on a short-term loan, linking him up with another Robins team-mate Ryley Towler.
Sam is the son of the retired English footballer Mickey Bell who also represented Bristol City 1997-2005.
The young player, who has made 11 first team appearances since his debut in December 2020, said: “I’m really buzzing to be signing a new three-year deal, it’s what I’ve been working hard to achieve so I’m really pleased to put pen to paper.
“It means the world. I grew up playing through all the age groups, going to watch first team games, thinking ‘that’s where I want to be’ and to achieve that and be here for another three years.”
Sport talent nurtured at Nailsea School
Former Nailsea School student and Bristol City Academy midfielder Reuben McAllister has signed for Hibernian for an undisclosed fee.
The 16-year-old, who joined the Robins aged nine and has progressed along City’s productive player pathway to make his Under-23s debut last season, heads to Scotland to join his father Jamie McAllister, now assistant to former City head coach Lee Johnson.
On his signing, Academy director Steve Kean said: “Bringing a player of Reuben’s ability is a real coup for Hibernian FC.
"We beat off a lot of competition from top English Premier League sides to bring him here.
“He’s a left-footed creative midfielder who has a real ability on the ball; he can see a pass and loves opening up defences. Alongside that, he’s not afraid to put his foot in and to win the ball back.
“Our games’ programme will help him with the transition from youth football to men’s football.
"Some weeks he will face elite youth players, then the next he will face senior pros.
"These experiences will stretch him, and push on his overall development as a player.
“He is a real talent and someone we’re really excited to work with and welcome to Hibernian FC.”
Hibs won the race to secure the teenager ahead of a number of English Premier League sides with McAllister having impressed for Bristol City’s under-23s making his debut aged just 15.
And in other news another former Nailsea School student Sol Wanjau-Smith who turned professional this season scored in his first match for Maidston United FC in a friendly against Enfield. Before the game manager boss Hakan Hayrettin said: “Sol’s been brilliant. He’s a great lad, with a great attitude, he’s full of enthusiasm and he’s a great character."