Reds have today signed midfielder Tarryn Allarakhia to the squad on a two-year contract.
The 20-year-old was released by Colchester United at the end of last season a year after joining the U’s on a development contract for their under-23 team.
Prior to that he had played non-league football for Maldon & Tiptree in the Essex League.
Tarryn featured regularly during Reds’ pre-season programme and Head Coach Harry Kewell believes he has a bright future.
“Tarryn is a bit like David Sesay – a young player with a lot of potential who is desperate to succeed. I like to see that hunger in youngsters, that drive to succeed, and I see it a lot in him.
“He’s done well in pre-season, a livewire who takes on defenders and creates chances. He’s not the finished article but he’s come here to further his career and push for a first-team place and it will be interesting to see how he develops.”
Tarryn has been given squad number 17.