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Keshi: Dream Come True

11 March 2015

In amongst all the drama of a transfer deadline day, in the corridors of the Beckenham Training Ground a 19-year-old striker, Keshi Anderson, emerged from the Club Secretary’s office having signed with the club just a few days after scoring a hat-trick against his new club. 

Three goals in a six minute spell playing on trial for Brentford against Palace alerted under 21's boss Gary Issott to speak to the player post match and it was not long before the youngster was training at the Premier League outfit. 

“It was a mad week leading up to me coming down to the training ground and signing because I played on trial for Brentford and scoring three goals against them gave me the opportunity to come here," Anderson told the club’s website. "After that game against Palace I spoke to Gary Issott about the chance of a move and to be honest this is like a dream come true.   

"I would not turn down the chance to come to a club like this, it’s a great set up and Gary was great with what he told me about the club and now I just want to repay him for the opportunity he has given me.” 

Within hours of putting pen to paper on the deal the former Barton Rovers striker was soon in action for Issott in an under- 21s' victory against Millwall. The striker came off the bench to strike home from close range for his 20th of the season after hitting 19 already for the non-league side in the Southern League Division One Central league this season. 

“I scored on my debut for the under 21's the day after signing for the club in the Development League which was a great feeling but I need to show out on the training ground to the coaching staff that I can play at that level on a regular basis and from that I can hopefully get more goals to my name.”

That first day was special for Keshi but as he reflected on his career in these early stages of his life he knows that even though he has joined a Premier League club, he is at the very beginning of a long road.    

“It was a big step up and to be one of the deadline day signings was exciting but everyone at the club has made me feel very welcome," he added. "I have enjoyed the sessions in the first few weeks and have also had the chance to train with the first-team so I am just trying to take everything in and get used to the difference in being at a Premier League club. 

“I was at Watford playing in the under 16 age group before being released and was then set to go back to Luton Town who I had been with for a period as a schoolboy,  but I didn’t go there and instead just went back to playing with a group of lads that I know well as friends and enjoy playing again after the disappointment of being released. 

“I joined Barton Rovers and was being given plenty of encouragement and really felt that was my best option at that time of my career. You do get the chance of trial games and the one for Brentford against the club I now play for has proved to be a massive opportunity for me and my real intention is work hard on my game and take advantage of any chances that come along.”

On the early weeks of training he has not only seen the quality at the training ground but also picks out one example that shows what can be achieved when you come into this level of the game from non-league. 

“Dwight Gayle is a good example from the group here for somebody like me to look at and see how you can build your way up and play at the top level. He was at Bishops Stortford and then went onto Peterborough before now playing against the best in the Premier League.  

"It would a dream to be like him and one day pull on the red and blue shirt of Palace for the first team but before then there is plenty of hard work to be done to get me to that stage.” 

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